Class notes by Amy N.
Greywater spectacular at class this week!
Finally made it to class early for the first time in a little while. Both my alarm clock and the BART schedule were in sync enough to get me to Berkeley early enough to enjoy some beautiful weather and fresh air.
Each time I head to Berkeley from San Francisco, especially lately, I feel like I’ve traveled quite a distance. Although I know I haven’t been traveling for a long time, the scenery and weather can sometimes change so drastically to make me feel hundreds of miles away. After passing the Oakland stops this past Saturday and on my way to Ashby, I noticed the tall, lush, green hills in the distance glinting in the early-ish sunlight. I only say early due to the 7 am wakeup it requires me to get to class on time.
The greywater talk was informative and interesting. It got me excited about installing a system somewhere in the city or elsewhere. It reminded me of a time when I had a greywater system while working in Baxter State Park, ME. I got to see the tank located in a crawl space under our main deck. It was pretty neat. We didn’t learn a whole lot about it at the time. But I remember it looking pretty cool and sounding interesting at the time.
At lunch we broke into design teams. Although there is much work to do, it was so easy to sink into the grass near the farmers’ market, enjoying the sunlight and the sound of kids playing on the playground. Eventually we settled in to the reality of only a few weeks left before our presentation deadline and assigned projects for everyone in the Center Street group.
Instead of looking at the two blocks that will already be converted (most likely), our group decided to look at the park adjacent to the farmers’ market and design a project around that site. We’re all pretty excited about it, especially after seeing the proposed design for Center Street that will be voted on March 23rd. Some of our ideas focus on integrating the local high school, city college, and delegates from the farmers’ market.
One of the highlights of the day was Jay’s fungi presentation. His excitement for the topic, kept most of us going after a long day about greywater. I got pretty stoked on the info and look forward to doing some more research on medicinal planting values of mushrooms.