Tap The Sky @ SFUSD
Tap the Sky rainwater catchment systems on SFUSD campuses are the result of collaboration with unique partners on every site. Garden educators, committed teachers and engaged parents add value to each endeavor and determine the key elements of their school’s rain harvesting system. When local businesses become involved, the effort ripples within the community and empowers people to become better water stewards.
ER Taylor Elementary
Tap the Sky's rainwater system at ER Taylor Elementary School was built in partnership with SFUSD's Green Schoolyard Bond Program, which paid for most of the materials. Three 305 gallon tanks collect rainwater from the 220 square foot shade structure that provides an outdoor classroom for the learning garden. The concrete work was done by a team of professionals and skilled volunteers built the new shade structure.
Mission Youth Farm @ Mission High
Mission High School had a big vision - to transform a large paved lot at the end of their athletic field into a student-run urban farm fully integrated with the school's curriculum. Tap the Sky helped them achieve that goal, with funding from a Community Challenge Grant for Urban Watershed Stewardship and committed team from EHDD Architects. Phase One of the project involved removing 3800 square feet of concrete to create the farm. Students and faculty helped spread the soil, shape it into rows and install plants. The rainwater system was built in Phase Two of the project. Tap the Sky volunteers retrofitted a 20 foot cargo storage container with a sloped metal roof to capture rainwater and direct it to two 420 gallon cisterns. Mission High Youth Farm now provides students with hands-on experience growing organic food and learning healthy eating habits, and improves the environment by infiltrating 45,000 gallons of stormwater on campus per year.
Sherman Elementary was among the first schools in San Francisco Unified School District to transform their paved playground into a lush living schoolyard. In 2014, Tap the Sky installed a rainwater catchment system on Sherman's campus in partnership with Tuolumne River Trust and a volunteer team from PG&E. Our team put in a 420 gallon tank to capture the rain from their 120 square foot shade structure. Though the catchment area is small, this system provides a valuable demonstration of water conservation and re-use for Sherman students.
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