TGIF: The Green Initiative Fund
The Green Initiative Fund (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 will 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.
Learning Garden at RC
Much of the funding for the garden came from TGIF.
Water Bottle Filling Stations
Water bottle filling stations have been added all around the district.
The Bike Programs at Cascade and Southeast.
Located on the Rock Creek Campus. Reduces our carbon footprint and diverts waste by with the reusable to-go food containers. Decreases the consumption of natural resources and fossil fuels.
The Digital Signage (televisions that display ads and save paper) were added all around the district.
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 proivde 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 gorwing 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 a Learning Garden will provide PCC Newberg Center with the space needed to offer new classes. 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.