H.O.P.E.S. Project: Hoover Outreach Program for Environment and Sustainability
On April 14th, 2018, on a warm and sunny Oakland afternoon, dozens of students, volunteers, and community members came together at Hoover Elementary School. It was Engineers for a Sustainable World’s first Build Day event. With about eighty total attendees, including almost thirty Hoover students, the day provided a variety of outdoor gardening activities from sheet mulching to building chicken coops.
To begin the event, the UC Berkeley team welcomed everyone and thanked the primary sponsor, Langan Engineering, and other supporting partners. Together with Hoover’s garden director, Wanda Stewart, the team provided a tour of the school’s garden to all attendees. Afterwards, the group split into three different work stations with sheet mulching, chicken coop construction, and strawberry patch planting. Over the course of the next five hours, everyone in attendance was able to garden, build, and enjoy fresh smoothies together.