Implementation of Green Infrastructure at Star Academic High School
On November 17, 2018, Udall Center researchers, Andrea Gerlak and Adriana Zuniga, in collaboration with their partners Joaquin Murrieta from Watershed Management Group and Claudio Rodriguez and Nelda Ruiz from Tierra y Libertad Organization, led a team of volunteers in the implementation of green infrastructure at Star Academic High School. More than 80 volunteers that included high school students and teachers, Joint Technological Education District students and instructors, and University of Arizona students worked together to dig basins, plant trees, build benches, and beautify the school front and back yards. The aim of this project is to help the school reduce heat and flooding and serve as a demonstration project for the community. It also aims to bring communities together to enhance resilience and address social injustice.