Hearst North Field Soil Restoration

Project Lead: James Sanner

Sponsor: Recreational Sports Facility

TGIF Grant: $32,000

Project Theme: Habitat Restoration

Project Location

2013 Application Submission

Application Metrics

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The field at Hearst North is a centrally located open turf field which is in near constant use for academic, recreational, and extracurricular activities. Because of this high usage, the field's soil and plant surface is placed under a great deal of stress. Turf management has traditionally fortified the field to deal with this stress through the regular application of synthetic fertilizers and herbicides. These practices have been used to artificially support the condition and appearance of the turf while the health of the underlying soil has in turn suffered. The grounds managers intend to conduct soil analysis, implement irrigation practices, and instill organic methods to restore the surface of the field.

Goals: This grant hopes to reduce the need for the field to be artificially propped up through the use of synthetic products, and will instead directly address the health of the soil through organic solutions such as compost and compost tea applications, seeding, and aerification. These solutions will ultimately bring about a sustainably healthy playing surface.

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.