Sustainable Water Infrastructure Campus Tours

Project Leads: Sasha Harris-­Lovett, Nicole Kush, Dr. Kara Nelson, Tim Pine

Sponsor: Engineering Research Center for Re-­Inventing our Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure, UC Berkeley

TGIF Mini-Grant: $1,268.50

Project Theme: Habitat Restoration

Project Location

2012 Mini-Grant Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: Grant funding will be used to create a print and online tour booklet containing  material about UC Berkeley's sustainable water infrastructure, innovative design features that treat and/or detain runoff, and campus ecological restoration projects that maintain creek water quality as well as provide habitat for native plants and animals on campus.

Goals: This project will raise awareness of Cal students and visitors to the Cal campus about the importance of sustainable urban water infrastructure, the role of healthy creeks in water systems, and the benefits of vegetation and sustainable design technologies in managing pollutants in runoff. In addition, the project will highlight the notable achievements that UC Berkeley has already made in incorporating principles of sustainable design into the water infrastructure on campus.

2013 Poster

2012-2013 Accomplishments

  • Hired student intern Nicole Kush.
    • Intern's tasks included compiling existing information on Strawberry Creek, writing a sustainable water infrastructure campus tour, and designing graphics to accompany the tour booklet.
  • The tour content has been collected and all the photos have been accumulated.
  • The writing portion of the tour has been completed and edited.
  • The tour layout has been planned and the graphics have been confirmed.

Next Steps:
  1. Complete the layout of the tour.
  2. Complete the graphics:
    1. Section of detention pond.
    2. Section of the swale.
    3. Boalt detainment system.
    4. Drawing for the crib wall.
  3. The "What you can do" section needs to be created.
  4. The brochure cover and map need to be created
  5. The final brochure needs to be edited.
  6. Tour is made public on the website.
  7. Office of Environment, Health and Safety publishes new "Strawberry Creek Walking Tour" booklet.
  8. Tim Pine and Dr. Kara Nelson disseminate training manual to existing campus tour guides.
  9. Dr. Nelson provides opportunities for graduate students in Civil and Environmental Engineering to give sustainable water infrastructure tours of campus.

2013-2014 Accomplishments

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.