xeriscaping

Welcome to our page that will update you on our project's progress.

Just won an EarthAward!

After participating in the Earth Day Fair, EarthWorks has told us to apply for their EarthAward. We are one of the x amount of winners and we get to attend a dinner and silent auction on May 29! We will receive our award there :) 

ALSO: JUST RECOUNTED THE MONEY WE RAISED! WE GOT $38 IN TIPS AND $203 FROM SELLING THE SUCCULENTS! I’M SO HAPPY. 

TURNING IN THE MONEY TO RELAY FOR LIFE TOMORROW!

Project Eliminate coming up! 

Project in Review: Part 2 Questions

1. How would you make the best, most efficient use of the $10,000 grand prize?

We have been talking with our teacher, Mr. Dorr, and we have been confirmed to continue on with our project at the Los Penasquitos Adobe Preserve. This place encourages the growth of the native ecosystem and educating the community of what they can do to make a difference. Kaylin has gone there twice to participate in projects they do with people of all ages. She has helped plant native plants and remove invasive species. 
If we pass this round, we will be planting native (drought resistant in the chaparral!) plants in this preserve in order to encourage native dominance within the area. We will also be implementing drip water irrigation to advertise the limited use of water on plants. With $10,000, we will be able to buy larger and native plants to put in the preserve. We will also be able to expand this project and implement it in an even larger zone because we would be able to afford it. In order to educate the public, we will be purchasing a set of plaques and signs that describe the plants used and the benefits of using natives and drought resistant plants in yards. This area is near a community park, and many people visit it a day. This will help promote the use of natives and xeriscapes to those who take their time and learn about ways to conserve water and the ecosystem.
We know that this project will not take $10,000, which is why we hope to donate some funds to our school’s AP Environmental Science class with Mr. Dorr. It is thanks to him that we have been able to come this far, and we would like to give back to a teacher that has definitely changed our lives. This year, our class was delayed with labs because our school could not afford the kits needed (we had to wait for funds to come in). With this money, the class will be able to purchase more kits to do the labs that correspond with the unit required for the AP test. This AP class has made a huge impact on how we view the world and the environment. We would love to promote the ideas this class provides by donating about $1,000. (PS: these kits cost about $100 each :(….)
 
Also, because of our school’s amazing staff, we would like to donate another  $1,000. It will help fund our school’s water bill that the school has to pay for our xeriscape. Although it will eventually not need any water, we would like to help contribute to a project we had started. 
 
Kaylin also plans on opening up an Environmental Club (if she can find an advisor) at our high school to promote eco-friendly ways of living. They will continue implementing projects that promote water conservation and the native ecosystem. Her split of the reward will help start the club and the projects  ASAP she and members would want to do. It helps get the message out to both the school, members (and their families!), and the community. 
2. Come up with a mock-campaign to promote the core concept of your project. This means, tell us how you would sell the idea to a nationwide audience. Please do not feel the need to produce major pieces of media for this portion. We understand you are given minimal time. We are just looking for thoughts.
After participating in the Earth Day Fair, we have been able to educate not only our school, but also numerous members in the San Diego community. We taught quite a number of people what a xeriscape is and ways they can conserve water. We only had one of each of our flyers and project summaries because we did  not want to print too many pieces of paper (that would be wasteful!) BUT! We have been able to email them to anybody who wanted to read over them! Electronic is the way to go :)
In order to appeal to the nation, we would have come up with a video and participate in many other environmental events that could help promote our cause. Spreading the news through handing out small flyers and buttons would help spread the word.
Our campaign would have been through both online and through a video that features:"Every Drop Counts" and "Water: it’s the Quantity AND the Quality". Through our flyers, we have advertised and campaigned for the conservation of water since it is a widely depleted natural resource many people take for granted. There are many people in the world who do not get a single cup of fresh water a day. When they do, they cherish it and make it last. Developed countries tend to take it for granted and do not believe how much of an impact they make when they do not conserve water. How much will it take for them to realize this? Will it be when we are out of resources to a point they have to live like the less fortunate? By then it will be too late, and the chaos would have already begun.That is why we need to act NOW.
 
Water is not a resource that will always be readily available. At the rate of which fresh and readily accessible water is being used and wasted, the future generations will have a huge problem on their hands. Water could easily be a reason for world wars and crises everywhere. Let us not resort toward violence and bedlam and make a difference now. It is our duty to conserve this precious resource in order to protect our children from chaos and a world without accessible water. If we were able to have it, why can’t they? Let us not deplete this life necessity.
 
Make a difference today. There are many ways to conserve water, as every drop counts. You may think you are not making a difference by shutting off your sprinkler an extra few seconds, showering a minute less, or turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth. But it does add up. Your actions could save numerous gallons. And if everybody could commit to saving water by doing such simple tasks, the problem would be lowered and lowered each successful year that passes. 
 
Making lifestyle changes will greatly benefit the world. Xeriscaping is an easy way of gardening that requires little-to-no water and is very easy to maintain. Such changes will result in a lower water bill and a lower ecological footprint. This form of landscaping will end up paying for itself as the water bill you once had will diminish. Soon it will not need any and will be able to tolerate the climate. The best part is that it is also aesthetically pleasing when organized a right way.
 
Water may not seem like a resource that is going to run out, which is why it is a victim of the Tragedy of the Commons. It is up to us to stop wasting water and make sure the future has it. Make a change now and the next generations will thank you for it. You can make a difference no matter how small your action is.
Social media is also a very new piece of technology and to be able to get more people’s attention would be amazing. Facebook accounts and pages are great…but there has to be a bigger way of trying to spread the word and getting attention, something that would create a moment of impact that would last soooo long it really brings the attention of all those who have been swayed differently by politicians and anti-environmentalists who say global warming is a myth and that the world’s ecosystems are not important. Something must really hit it at home in order to make a difference.
3. How does social media play a part in advocating your efforts? Tell us about your experience. What’s worked, what hasn’t. How would you use it do make your mock-campaign more successful?

Social media has helped a lot in advocating our efforts. We have been able to make events on Facebook and share our blog with many people at our school. Sharing our project on Facebook and Tumblr numerous times has resulted in many students at our school learning about APES, xeriscaping, and other environmentally friendly ideas. Through Facebook, we got plenty of Key Club volunteers to help advertise our project at Earth Day. They themselves were able to learn about succulents and water conservation that day. 
Not only have we had mediums like Facebook and Tumbr but we have also been able to spread word of our achievements through the school newspaper and we are promised a portion of airtime on our school’s broadcasting system by our principal. 
In order to make our campaign more successful, we would create videos and a massive amount of flyers to post on these websites to show the impact we make on the environment by wasting water. Witnessing the effects of depletion of water can sway the public as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and Al Gore’s slideshows did. Persuasion and evidence will make a lot of advocating successful. 
On Facebook, we would make some images that promote conservation of water to make as wall photos, profile pictures, and cover photos. Many people visit Facebook per day, and spreading the word through the popular social media can persuade people to make a difference. 
4. To what audience does your project appeal to, and what types of industries/companies do you think you can partner with to help your idea grow to it’s fullest potential?

Our project appeals to many young/older adults and sometimes even children. The succulent fundraiser went very well as all age groups came by to support us and take home something cute. We believe we can partner with Home Depot, Evergreen Nursery, and the rangers from the Penasquitos Preserve in order to grow our project to its fullest potential. Home Depot has provided us with many materials such as majority of the drip water irrigation parts. They have been extremely helpful along with Evergreen Nursery who has given us a 20% off discount on the plants we buy from them! With them as partners, we can bring our project almost anywhere as long as we have permission. 

Partnering with these places not only benefits us, but also the companies we work with. We give thanks and advertise their names on our flyers and media, which spread their business around. (We got someone at Earth Day to go to Evergreen Nursery!). Partnering with these companies has been a great time and we are extremely grateful for what they provided for us.

Working with the preserve will be a blast in the future. It will help us get the work out and it will attract more viewers to come and see what is new. The rangers always complain about not having enough asian families come by the ranch. Now’s their chance! We’re both asian, and now we are going to be bringing our family and friends to come and help out with the project. Of course we would want to come back once in a while to check back on it, which will ‘up’ the numbers of asians that attend the free-admission preserve. Yay :)

This project has been taken to both the school AND the community of San Diego. We have been very successful and we are proud of what we have done to help the environment. We have a passion for living green and we hope to spread this project to various places that would catch the attention of a passer-by. 

Project in Review: Part 1

What started out as an idea on a piece of paper has become so real beyond our imagination. This project and contest through Guerrilla Green has been an amazing experience for the both of us. We have been able to conquer tasks we never thought we would be able to do. This is a once in a life time opportunity for us and we are so glad we took it on. Winning $1,000 to start our project was unbelievable. Then winning $2,000 to bring it to the community was even more outrageous to the both of us. We are extremely grateful for this chance to win money to better both our school and the community. We are proud of what we have done and what we have been able to achieve. It’s quite unbelievable once you look back at square one. Our next question is: what will we do next? 

We are committed to doing at least one more project to leave our mark. If we win this round, there are many ways we can make use of the prize. We are planning on bringing it to a larger scale within our community at a the local Los Penasquitos Preserve. Our contacts are informed, and we are confirmed that we can put in native/drought resistant plants along with our irrigation system at this location. If possible, Kaylin will be spreading even more awareness with an Environmental Club at our high school. Having these funds will help spread numerous projects within the community  faster as they would not have to do so much fundraising. 

Our xeriscape will be at our high school for numerous future generations to appreciate it. It will continue to inspire students that they do have that opportunity to make a change in the community; they just have to take action. It will take a lot of hard work, but all it really takes is perseverance and optimism.

Starting this project was the hardest part. We needed to dig numerous holes in hard and root-infested soil. BUT we got passed that, and were rewarded with the joys of plant shopping. Never would we have ever thought we would have so much appreciation for succulents. They are such an awesome plant that do more than look cool! They use less water too! At the end after many days of hard labor and wood-chip shoveling, we are extremely proud of what we did. Everyday we can look back at our project and feel a sense of success because we know we have made a difference. 

Now what’s a better way to advertise environmentally-friendly living than at a fair that is all about saving the environment AND has over 9k people attend from all over the country? The Earth Day Fair was AMAZING. Not only did we get to spread the word to our school, but we also got to advertise at Balboa Park with way over 200 attendees at our booth (9,000+ TOTAL AT THAT FAIR!). We got to meet some very awesome strangers who have done xeriscaping and other cool environmental projects. Some were from San Diego, North California, Arizona, and even the East Coast! People from everywhere! Educating many was also great and we hope we inspired them to make a difference. We believe we made an impact on their lives and their futures. We raised over $100 for Project Eliminate and Relay for Life by selling succulents at this fair. Not only did we receive funds for non-profit organizations, but we also promoted the use of succulents (somewhat indirectly)! We also got our Key Club (100+ members) even more informed about it to a point where they wanted to participate! We felt so happy when people complimented us on the great job we have done and how we should keep up the good work. And that is what we will do. 

Though we did not receive our check for this round (we think it got lost in the mail), we believe we did as much as we could with the small amount of time. It is only one more week until AP testing, and teachers have crammed us with homework and last minute studying. We wish we could have done more to advocate xeriscaping and water conservation. Plans we had were making buttons that encouraged water saving along with small succulent pictures that people would like to have around. Unfortunately we were not able to finish our video as well with such little time on our hands…

This project had started in a small AP Environmental Science classroom where we were required to complete a project that would have an ecological significance. Many came up with tiny projects that were done over and over throughout the years Dorr had been teaching. We stepped out of the box. We heard about this contest through a good friend of our teacher’s, and suddenly we are making our way to $10,000. First we were just taking it to our school. Now it’s community-wide. It is making an impact on those around us as we continuously inform others about what we have done. Our project started small and we thought we were just going to get class credit. We had no clue how huge it would get.

And that’s what Team Water Conservation is all about: Starting Small, Impacting All. 

Day 10: April 21, 2013


EARTH DAY FAIR!!! YAY.

Today we had a booth at the Earth Day fair and set up our succulents for sale. It started at 8AM (setup) and ended at 6PM (10 WHOLE HOURS OF EDUCATING THE PUBLIC!!!!). We gave the same speech about our project and what we are fundraising for probably over 100 times. It was so fun meeting and learning so much more from other people who have done similar landscapes at their home. We met one awesome woman who has a garden with black carrots and LOADS of succulents she needs to get rid of. (If only we knew her sooner T__T) We also knew many people who had killed succulents in the past from watering them too much haha! They took another chance and bought a small succulent from us :) We also saw our Mayor! Bob Filner! His picture is on the left of the third row. Another cool sight were some dogs in visors and sunglasses hahaha!

We also got our Key Club to join and help promote water conservation. They helped with our fundraiser by talking about what they know about each succulent! (Especially Caleigh, the caucasian, who has tons of succulents in her backyard). We thank these volunteers for their hard work and long hours staying in this fair. 

At this fair about celebrating the Earth and ways to save it, we were given the honor to teach SEVERAL people what a xeriscape was and how it conserves water. We have received many compliments and were thanked for what we have done to help the Earth. Serving the community like this just makes us feel so happy and proud.

Many people purchased our succulents, and we raised about $170 for Relay for Life and Project Eliminate! Many came by to put in extra donations, and that came out to be about $38. That means we have a total of $200 in store for charities. 

This fair really helped us get the word out as 200+ people came and stopped by to check out our exhibit and our flyers. Little kids loved the succulents and the colorful cacti we were selling. We hope this introduction will motivate the future generation to save water with drought resistant plants. 

EXTRA NOTE: WE GOT A LOT OF FREE STUFF FROM THIS FAIR!! YAAAY

Day 9: April 20, 2013


Getting ready for the Earth Day Fair tomorrow!!!! We got our flyers and project review printed and prepared for presentation. Our succulents are so cute :3 Come by and purchase one! Proceeds go toward Relay for Life and Project Eliminate. 

Day 8: April 14, 2013
Officially participating in San Diego’s 24th Annual Earth Day Fair! We are in Area 2 right across from the San Diego Bird Rescue (which is a pretty big group that attracts many individuals). So hopefully, when people are done looking at bird adoptions, they’ll turn around and see us!
Located in Balboa Park, this Earth Day fair is open to thousands of individuals each year. There is an estimate of 50,000 to 60,000 viewers attending this year along with 300+ exhibitors. One of which is us! We hope to grab the attention of these people to advertise xeriscapes and water conservation. Our team is going to be selling small succulents as a fundraiser for Project Eliminate, Relay for Life, and hopefully our own project that we will try to implement in the city of San Diego. Anthony and I are trying our best to showcase our project and how people can better the environment by making small changes in their life. Water Conservation is on their way!

Day 8: April 14, 2013


Officially participating in San Diego’s 24th Annual Earth Day Fair! We are in Area 2 right across from the San Diego Bird Rescue (which is a pretty big group that attracts many individuals). So hopefully, when people are done looking at bird adoptions, they’ll turn around and see us!

Located in Balboa Park, this Earth Day fair is open to thousands of individuals each year. There is an estimate of 50,000 to 60,000 viewers attending this year along with 300+ exhibitors. One of which is us! We hope to grab the attention of these people to advertise xeriscapes and water conservation. Our team is going to be selling small succulents as a fundraiser for Project Eliminate, Relay for Life, and hopefully our own project that we will try to implement in the city of San Diego. Anthony and I are trying our best to showcase our project and how people can better the environment by making small changes in their life. Water Conservation is on their way!

Day 7: April 13, 2013

I can’t believe I forgot to post this.. Anyways, WE WON ROUND 2!!!

ROUND 3 HERE WE COME!

Round 2 Reflection

1. What has been the biggest challenge for you thus far, in regards to getting your project off the ground?

Kaylin
: The hardest part for us was getting the digging started. We both knew it was going to be hard, but once we began, we didn’t know the extent to how troublesome it could get. My partner and I worked with 3 other people whenever we could in order to get the project done in time for the end of this round. Both of us have been extremely busy since we’re upperclassmen packed with 5 AP classes and getting ready for college :(. I’m really surprised we got it all done in about 6 days (working about 2-3 hours each day)
Anthony: So i guess the hardest part was deciding on how the plans were going to work and how everything could fit together. The other thing that was pretty hard was just digging (as my partner Kaylin said). These two things were a challenge because of the requirements put into place by our school, the restrictions on water sources and the amount of work we had to put into simply doing the first step of the project..
 
2. What type of impact do you feel your project has made on your team, as well as other students in your school?

Kaylin
: This project has made a huge impact on our team. We’ve improved on our communication skills and have become closer to faculty at the school. Other students have become curious and have started asking me what this whole set-up was for. I have had teachers approach me while I was working on it throughout the day. Many are impressed with the labor my partner and I put into this project, and I am pretty sure it has inspired many who pass by. Our principal is very impressed and is always glad to help. She’s been amazing with support and she’s been sharing it with others. 
Anthony: Well, because i’ve sat next to my partner in the same classes since the middle of last year, we’ve known each other pretty well. We definitely have gotten even closer and built a better sense of teamwork as well as sharing the same ambitions. As for the people at our school, we definitely caught the attention of many people. A bunch of friends from my AP environmental science came up to me and asked if the digging and the holes were my teams doing. Of course I reply with a yes.  Because of the area our project is in, it has received a lot of attention. And because of all this notice, Kaylin and I hope to help people understand that there is a reason why we put so much effort into creating a new area that has life yet does not require much maintenance or resources that can be used for other things
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3. In one sentence, describe what drives you to advocate a greener way of living.

Kaylin
: After taking AP Environmental Science, I’ve seen the ups and downs of the affects humans have on the environment; I love nature and I would hate to see it destroyed to a point where the future will lack wilderness. 
Anthony: I’ve learned a lot from my teacher and mentor, Mr. Harold Dorr, and I would think that a greener way of living is just most sustainable and  I hope that I can preserve what I have and what I see now for my posterity and the generation afterwards and so on.
 
4. If you could go back, is there anything you would do differently?

Kaylin
: I would place holes in different areas to plant and I would change the path so we could use stepping stones. Having more color in the plants would have been great too. It was just hard to find a lot of native plants. I would also have liked to get a solid plan earlier instead of having to change it over and over. It killed way too much time and we had to get the xeriscape done within 2 to 3 weeks.
Anthony: If i could go back and redo this, i would most definitely get together more contacts because it was tough relying on one person, our school groundskeeper, to help us with every detail of this. I would also like to try and have started this project before my finals in school because that really took a chunk out of my life and time.
 
5. Describe your team in three words.

Kaylin
: Hard-working, dedicated, family
Anthony: Goals, Ambition, Future
 
6. What have you learned most from this experience? 

Kaylin
: I’ve learned that xeriscaping is a very time-consuming job that requires a lot of manual labor. I had thought that since it was just like gardening, it would be a easy task. I was super wrong because these holes and planning took a lot of time and hard-work. I also found out that there are MANY different pieces to drip water irrigation! My partner basically said everything I wanted to haha x)
Anthony: I’ve learned that digging 14 holes are hard….haha well from all joking matters aside, I’ve learned that xeriscaping, although it is most definitely a hard task, does pay off, because the area that is being used right now for the project used to be…emptiness. And now, the area honestly looks like a place that would capture the eyes of many people because it is simply different from the rest of the school. I’ve learned that the most little of differences can truly change a persons view on the world. After accomplishing this much in this project, I know for a fact that the environment is not something that we can neglect. The amount of water that could have been used if grass and trees were there would have been exorbitant compared to the amount that is going to be used for the plants that my partner and I have put in place.
 
7. Anything else you would like to tell us?

Kaylin
: We are “hacking” our school green. We started out with a few holes that people were curious about. Now after this week, which was Spring Break, students and faculty members will arrive at school with a pleasant surprise. Our xeriscape just pops out of nowhere to those who did not notice what the area was under construction for. We hope for many to take in the green way of landscaping and possibly install it in their own homes in the future. This project starts off with small plants, but future generations at Mt. Carmel High School will be able to see it thrive. After our hard work, my partner and I hope to advertise sustainable living in order to preserve future generations. If more can be aware of this simple eco-friendly gardening idea and implement it into their own yards, the amount of conserved water can skyrocket. Acting now on green lifestyles can affect both the present and especially the future. As we said, environmentally friendly living starts out small, but eventually impacts all.    
 
Maybe other high schools who come for sports/games will be jealous ;D
 
Anthony: Although i cringed at the idea at first when my partner brought it upon my attention, i reluctantly agreed because I knew this project meant something even though it was going to be a TON of work. And in truth, it was a ton of work but because of the work, the project feels much more complete and original. The awareness that Kaylin and I would want to spread is most important in this part of southern California because of the amount of water available to us. With this project, we hope to shape the community into something more than just a “water your lawn only 3 times a week” community. We hope to get people to understand that water is a problem. And that all of humanity shares this problem.

BEFORE AND AFTER! IT’S AWESOME!


We have our reflection posted soon. We were supposed to make it short but we just had way too much to say.. SORRY!!

March 29, 2013

COMPLETED PROJECT :D