Oxford Tract Community Farm Air Quality Research

Project Lead: Brooke Gemmell

Sponsor: Engineers for a Sustainable World

TGIF Grant: $1,992.00

Project Theme: Food Justice & Sustainability

Project Location: Oxford Tract

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The overall goal of the project is to investigate the extent to which urban farms can reduce air pollution in order to promote the implementation of urban farms locally and nationally. In addition, this project will aim to address public health concerns in respect to air pollution and the potential absorption of air pollutants in urban agriculture. As sustainable communities and urban agriculture grow in popularity, the issue of soil and air contamination becomes progressively more important. This issue will be investigated by monitoring and tracking pollution levels at the oxford tract, a plant research station near the UC Berkeley Campus, with hopes to expand to urban farms in Oakland, CA. Comprehensive data analysis as well as real time air quality warnings for local residents will be published. 


• Increase awareness of health implications of existing air quality
• Increase awareness of our project
• Provide transparency about socioeconomic factors that shape the profile of areas with
poor air quality
• Direct community members to resources to help them mitigate the health impacts of
living with high pollution
• Publicize the impacts of urban farms on the environment and on the community

Find more information and updates on their blog at: http://eswinnovations.weebly.com/about.html

Project Updates

1.  Applied for and were chosen to present their project at the ESW (Engineers for a Sustainable World) in New York this coming year.
2.  Have purchased necessary construction materials
3.  Determined location of the montioring systems




2015 Poster

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.