The Green Initiative Fund

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About TGIF


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At PCC we’re all in this together. Issues of environmental degradation, inequality, and economic disparity impact us all. We value our student, staff, and faculty’s commitment to sustainability and our culture of collaborative, innovative problem solving. From our learning gardens and water bottle fill stations to our bike program and farm stand, we have been working together to address our community’s most pressing ecological and social challenges with fresh ideas.

In 2008 the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) District Student Council approved a ten cent addition to the student activity fee, creating The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF). This fund exists so that students, staff, and faculty can participate in our culture of innovation and contribute meaningful advances to sustainable practices. At PCC, our goal is to achieve sustainable excellence in all operations, to live our commitment to social justice, and to meet our targeted greenhouse gas reductions as detailed in the Climate Action Plan. If you have an idea for a project that moves PCC towards these outcomes, we want to hear from you.

TGIF is administered through a student majority governance board. We look forward to learning about your proposal. Please review the following criteria before submitting your application.

  • Student participation is encouraged in all projects.
  • Projects shall support efforts to reduce PCC’s greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Projects must be environmentally sound, socially just, and economically equitable.
  • Projects shall contain publicity, education, and outreach components.
  • PCC students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to submit project proposals. Individuals and organizations outside of the college are not allowed to submit project proposals.
  • TGIF is limited in funds and will preference projects with secured partial funding via other means. Other means may come from department budgets or outside sources.
  • TGIF funding will not support projects that are already mandated by law or college policy or currently paid for by the college.
  • All grantees allocated TGIF funding are required to submit an End of Project Report to be released to the PCC community.

Before opening the application, read and prepare responses to the following questions. You must prepare your Project Narrative and Budget Narrative in advance in a Word or Google doc then cut and paste your answers into the application. Make a copy of and complete the TGIF Budget Google Sheet then save it as a PDF. You will upload the PDF of your completed budget sheet at the bottom of your application. You will not have the option of saving your application and coming back to it later.

First and last name of primary contact person

PCC email of primary contact person

Phone number of primary contact person

First and last name of secondary contact person or persons

Email for secondary contact person or persons

Are you applying for the TGIF grant as a student or staff/faculty?

What is the title of your project?

List any project sponsors such as staff or faculty, division or department.

Please tell us the start date and end date for your project. All projects must be completed by June 1st, 2019.

Is this a request for additional funds for an existing TGIF project? If yes, include previous funding allocated and justification for additional funding requested in the Budget Narrative.

Which campuses will be served by your project? Rock Creek, Cascade, Southeast Center, Sylvania, CLIMB, Willow Creek, Newberg, or District Wide?


Please provide a Project Narrative (3,000 characters, or about 500 words).

  • Describe the problem or challenge and how your project solves it.
  • Provide a timeline and identify outcomes for your project.
  • What kind of labor needs to go into this project and who will do this labor?
  • How will you measure the success of your project?
  • Explain how your project is socially just, economically sound, and environmentally beneficial.
  • Tell us how your project will support other sustainability efforts on campus and help move the college beyond its current programs.

Please provide a Budget narrative detailing all sources of funding (pending and approved) for this project including grants, volunteer efforts, and in kind donations. (3,000 characters, or about 500 words).

  • If this is a request for additional funds for an existing TGIF project, you must provide a detailed budget of the previous funding allocated.
  • Would your project still be viable if it does not receive complete funding from TGIF?
  • What is the minimum amount of funding required for a successful project?
  • Will your project require ongoing funding? If yes, what is your strategy for sustaining the project after the grant period ends?

Upload a PDF of your completed TGIF Budget Form and any supplemental documentation at the bottom of the application.

Directions for TGIF Budget Form: Under File in the upper left corner, click “Make a copy.” After filling out your budget sheet save by clicking “Download as PDF.” Upload this PDF at the bottom of the application.

TGIF Application

TGIF Budget Form

Note: This is the first year of a two year biennium budget for TGIF. The majority of funds will be allocated this round. The TGIF will only open for additional submissions next year if there are funds remaining.


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

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

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.