Innovation and Impact: Past Projects

Fog Harvesting: An Environmental and Social Solution

Project Description

Creativity Fund, 2010

About The Project

This project will explore using fog harvesting technology as an alternative and more sustainable water source in California, where drought is expected to increase with climate change.  Fog harvesters are simple collection systems that can be installed in individual gardens to collect water particles from the air.  To date I have spent time developing a socially conscious business model, interviewing potential clients and investigating how a collection system would actually function in a garden or other location.  During summer 2010 I will install pilot examples of these simple collection tools in several locations in the Bay Area.  The locations will include community and educational gardens as well as a residential site.  I will use these installations to test the efficacy of different types of materials as well as the harvesting potential of different parts of the region.  The goal of the project is to be able to assess the feasibility of using this technology in the Bay Area and to begin to develop an understanding of the client base.

About Gabriella Baker '11

Gaby is an Environmental Studies major, with an emphasis in ecology, and a Politics minor from Berkeley, CA.  She is active in OSCA as a head cook and has been involved in sustainable agriculture projects at the George Jones Farm and in larger Lorain County. She also teaches Spanish in nearby elementary schools.  Gaby wants to work in sustainable development and agriculture and interned last summer with the Ella Baker Center – one of the nation’s leading organizations promoting the growth of green-collar jobs and an equitable economy. She is very interested in international work and the role of NGOs and has done consulting for an educational NGO in Santiago, Chile.  Gaby has been working on an entrepreneurial idea to sell small-scale fog harvesting systems as an alternative water source in the Bay Area.  She is spending the second half of her junior year abroad in Vietnam studying the environmental and developmental issues there and conducting research on how the local knowledge of farmers could be used in developing agro-ecological adaptations to climate change.