TGIF: The Green Initiative Fund

About TGIF

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In 2008 the ASPCC District Student Council proposed and passed an addition of $0.10 to their student activity fee - which is allocated to The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). TGIF provides funding for projects which “green” our campus and reduce the college’s impact on the environment. TGIF allocates funds to projects that increase the amount of renewable energy used on campus, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the amount of waste created by our college. Portions of the fund support education initiatives and student internships. TGIF is administered through a student majority governance board.

Plan of Operation

  • Projects shall support efforts to reduce PCC’s impact on the environment.
  • The governance board of TGIF shall take into consideration the fact that PCC is a multi campus institution.  Therefore, an effort shall be made to distribute funds in an equitable manner.
  • Projects shall contain publicity, education and outreach components.
  • All necessary written approval by appropriate campus officials shall be obtained prior to consideration.
  • PCC students, staff, and faculty are permitted to submit project proposals, as long as they are under the umbrella of a campus department. Individuals and organizations outside the college are not allowed to submit project proposals.
  • TGIF funding will not support projects that are already mandated by law or college policy. TGIF will only fund projects that are not currently paid for by the college.
  • TGIF is limited in funds and therefore will be more likely to support projects which have secured partial funding via other means. Other means may come from department budgets or outside sources.
  • Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate the greatest reduction of PCC’s greenhouse gas emissions and/or resource usage for the least cost.
  • Student participation is encouraged in all projects.
  • Projects shall positively impact both social and environmental sustainability and take into account all impacts.
  • A report will be required upon completion of each project.  We will release the report to the public.

Previous TGIF Projects

Over the years, TGIF and student leaders have supported the development of countless sustainability initiatives throughout the district, including but not limited to:

Learning Gardens

TGIF has funded much of the Rock Creek learning garden, as well as enhancements at the Sylvania learning garden, phase I of the Newberg learning garden, and a master plan for the Southeast learning garden.

Water Bottle Filling Stations

Water bottle filling stations have been added all around the district, greatly reducing the consumption of plastic water bottles.

Bike Rentals

The Bike Programs at Cascade and Southeast are both TGIF funded and student-managed.

OZZI Machine

OZZI machine

Located on the Rock Creek Campus, the OZZI reduces our carbon footprint and diverts waste with reusable to-go food containers.

Digital Signage

The Digital Signage (televisions that display ads and save paper) were added all around the district.

Current TGIF Projects

Mobile Farm Stand

This project will provide fresh produce as part of the canteen food pantry offerings; it increases informal education on sustainable food and agriculture; it reduces the number of miles students, faculty, and staff drive to get their food; and it provides a revenue stream for the long-term sustainability of the Learning Garden. 

Trees and Bees

This project will provide additional fruit trees to finish the orchard as well as raspberries and grans. Class and community members will be able to learn about small scale orcharding and cane fruit production. This project will also provide bee colonies for the beehives currently in the Learning Garden.

Welcome Kiosk RC Learning Garden

The Welcome Kiosk will serve as a bulletin board for new visitors, volunteers, community bed stewards, classes, and the community.  This will offer the latest event information, photos, handouts, volunteer engagement information and general education about the LG.  There will also be an area where community bed stewards and our LG staff can leave extra food from the days harvest to share.

Winter Food Production

Installation of hydroponic systems for growing greens and vegetables in an existing heated greenhouse.

Charging stations Solar Umbrellas

Solar powered outdoor charging station umbrellas will be added to our outdoor tables.

PPC Rainwater Harvesting Tank

To promote rainwater harvesting as a water, a water tank has been purchased by the TGIF to collect sufficient rainwater to cover 15% of the anticipated usage by LAT Department for resulting in 23,300 gallons per year.

Newberg Learning Garden

The development of the Learning Garden at PCC Newberg Center has been with the goal to provide space needed to offer new classes and continue the connection with the surrounding community.  In the Learning Garden master plan we have included areas designated to implement environmental science, horticulture, landscape technology, building technology, psychology, physical education, health education, and various lab science classes. The Learning Garden has the potential for covered classroom areas, areas for accommodating a video projector, garden beds, an amphitheater, and a greenhouse. All these areas would be utilized to nurture learning for both students and staff. The next phase of the garden will include installation of the eight to ten raised beds for food production, two rain gardens, a drought-tolerant desert planting, finishing the cob tool shed with rainwater catchment system, an earthen oven, a rocket stove, the amphitheater, the greenhouse dome, and an herb spiral. Currently the fruit trees include persimmon, paw paw, and berries. Later installations will include public art pieces, arbors, trellises, and benches. Food will be grown for use on-campus and for donation to food pantries. The mission of the Newberg PCC Learning Garden is to promote health, community, a space for lab science classes at PCC Newberg Center, interdisciplinary academic collaboration, student leadership development, and sustainable food systems education and experiences for Portland Community College students, faculty, staff and community members.