Greening the Berkeley Science Review

Project Leads: Sebastien Lounis, Anna Schneider, Ally Berke, Chris Smallwood, Anna Goldstein, Mary Grace Lin, Dennis Zhao

Sponsor: Berkeley Science Review

TGIF Grant
: $1,152

TGIF Mini-Grant: $2,000

Project Theme: Waste Reduction

Project Location

2012 Application Submission


Project Description: The BSR will use the TGIF grant to reduce the environmental impact of the magazine and demonstrate leadership in sustainability amongst student publications.

Goals: Use the grant to cover the difference in costs for the BSR to print its magazine on 55% recycled-content paper. Actively expand BSR’s online presence through the BSR blog and explore ways to reduce the overall number of printed offerings, such as offering the option of a digital copy for paid subscribers or better integration of the magazine with tablet readers. Purchase carbon offsets from to cover delivery costs of the BSR. Fund a workshop to share general green printing practices and BSR’s grant results with the other 40+ ASUC publications and possibly develop a unified plan for the sustainable printing of all student publications.

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of our magazine and demonstrate leadership in sustainability among student publications, the proposed project set out to:

  1. Shift the printing of our issues to 55% recycled paper.
  2. Purchase carbon offsets to displace the greenhouse gas emissions generated by production and shipping of the magazine.
  3. Organize a sustainability workshop for campus publications to share the results of our project.
  4. Update the BSR website to allow articles to be displayed in HTML format.

Project Timeline

  1. Fall 2012: BSR Issue Release – copies printed on 60% PCW recycled paper
  2. January 2013: Posted job opening for Web Publishing Intern
  3. February 2013: Hired Dennis Zhao for intern position and began work on IssueM articles
  4. April 29th, 2013: BSR Sustainability Workshop
  5. April 29th, 2013: BSR new online article format unveiled
  6. May 1st, 2013 BSR Issue Release – copies printed on 60% PCW recycled paper