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Baker Institute Energy Forum interns build sustainable garden in Houston's Fifth Ward

This summer, three Baker Institute Energy Forum interns are headed to Africa to help develop energy solutions that improve lives in developing countries.

The Lesotho Sustainability Assessment Project (LSAP), funded by the Baker Institute Energy Forum and Rice 360ᅡᄎ, aims to develop integrated, multidisciplinary approaches to sustainable development, including improved energy efficiency, air and water quality, and adaptation strategies for climate change that can be implemented at the community level.

In preparation for their summer internship in Lesotho, student interns Mark Hoffman, Kelley Liao and Margaret Murphy helped build a model "keyhole" garden at the Julia C. Hester House, a Houston-based organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of lives in the Fifth Ward and the surrounding community.

Keyhole gardens, named for their appearance from above, conserve water and maximize yields, effectively extending the growing season year-round. This will be the second summer that LSAP has built keyhole gardens in Lesotho.