Intersections between Urban Agriculture and Engineering at the La Loma Rooftop Garden (Hispanic Engineers and Scientists Rooftop Garden)
Project Leads: Alberto Ibarra
Sponsor: Hispanic Engineers and Scientists (HES)
TGIF Grant: $5,000.00
Project Theme: Environmental Justice
Project Description: The Hispanic Engineers and Scientists (HES) organization is developing a rooftop garden that intertwines urban agriculture practices with technological innovations and other engineering/designing aspects. The purpose is to educate and provide HES members with research and hands-on experiences (STEM and non-STEM) in team-oriented projects. Also, this project will increase accessibility and production of healthy foods, while providing a space for meditation/yoga. This new project will be an enriching educational experience for HES and its neighboring communities at Cal.
- To explore the intersections between urban agriculture practices and engineering/designing: aquaponic/hydroponic systems, vertical garden, and other engineering-related projects
- To create team-oriented and research-based environmental projects for HES members
- To produce quality healthy foods (fruits, vegetables, herbal tea plants) in our given space for a sustainable living lifestyle while reducing our carbon footprint
- To provide an educational space for those who are interested in urban farming and technology
- To partner up with other organizations and local communities to establish efficient and effective methods for urban farming systems/practices
- To provide awareness to UC Berkeley and the surrounding communities to include rooftop gardens in future developments.