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Published on Dec 15, 2017
UC Berkeley's EPA Rainworks Master Plan Proposal 2017:
The University of California, Berkeley (UCB) campus is an iconic and historic landmark of the San Francisco Bay Area. Regional impacts on the environment include land use shifts, drought, wildfire, and the specter of worsening storms and rising seas. Together, these factors are straining the Bay Area’s ecosystems and its infrastructure. In the process of creating this master plan, we recognized the importance of addressing the fundamental creative tension between maintaining critical campus functions and facilitating change in anticipation of future challenges.
Specifically, we seek to slow down stormwater, while treating and redirecting it to vegetation. We propose revealing the natural paths that the creek once took, in order to use natural conditions to the advantage of the community. Finally, we propose capturing rainwater to use as irrigation during our dry season and in potential droughts. Together, these strategies should increase our campuses resiliency and functionality, now, and in the years to come.