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Bren School to Receive Two Grants from UCSB's "Green Initiative Fund"

The Bren School will receive two grants from The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at UC Santa Barbara as part of the -campus organization's 2011-12 funding cycle. TGIF selected 13 projects across campus from 18 applications received and will provide awards totaling $172, 932 funding for projects that promise to conserve water and electricity.


Katie Cole

Matthew O'Carroll

One of the Bren School awards will be used "to optimize the [existing] photovoltaic system on the roof of Bren Hall;" the second provides $8,861 for a Bren School Group Project to produce a "Water Action Plan" for the university.

TheWater Action Plan project, proposed by Department of Geography Executive Officer Mo Lovegreen and Bren School first-year master's students Katie Cole and Matthew O'Carroll, would address a system-wide instruction directing UC campuses to improve the efficiency of their water use.

"The University of California (UC) system recognizes the importance of addressing water issues and proactively implementing solutions," the proposal reads. "With the overall intent of achieving sustainable water systems, the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) has instructed all UC campuses to develop and implement a Water Action Plan as part of their UC Sustainable Practices Policy. This effort will ensure that the UC system remains a leader in sustainability among institutions of higher education.

The goals of the project include meeting a State of California goal of reducing urban water use by 20 percent by 2020 (mandated by California Water Conservation Act of 2009), and conducting a hydrological investigation of the UCSB campus to support development of a capture-reuse water system.

Read the proposal for the Water Action Plan Group Project.
Read about the other projects funded by TGIF.