Clark Kerr Rain Garden Community Garden

Project Leads: Hallie McManus

Sponsor: Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW)

TGIF Grant: $3,386.88

Project Theme: Water Conservation

Project Location

2018 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Our focus will be on the Building 2 Courtyard at the Clark Kerr Campus. Currently, because of poor landscaping and irrigation, water is constantly flooding directly into the entrance of the building and off into the street. Recently, an orchard was planted in the courtyard; however, when it rains, the water flows directly down the side of the building to the door, rather than to the newly planted trees. It is vital that this area be modified, not only for functionality, but for sustainability purposes as well.


  • Reduce flooding in the entrance to building 2 
  • Reduce runoff from impervious surfaces 
  • Improve water quality in surrounding bodies of water 
  • Educate residents of the Clark Kerr Campus on pertinent water quality issues on their campus.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.