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Notes from the Field

Design Grants are an important first step in community development and engagement. Here's what our nonprofit partners are doing now to take projects from preliminary design to construction. 
April 2017 Greenfield Home & School Association

In 2006, a Design Grant from the Collaborative helped Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School envision and build a groundbreaking green schoolyard. Fast forward ten years and Greenfield students and their science teacher have completed a five-year field research project tracking biomes and wildlife in Greenfield's rain garden. The study has been submitted for a CEQ-EPA Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. See our preliminary design for Greening Greenfield. 

April 2017  New Kensington CDC 

Collaborative volunteers worked with New Kensington CDC in 2015 to design gateways for Somerset Lehigh. Conceptual plans included improvements to the Frankford Gateway, a rail viaduct underpass on Frankford Avenue. In April 2017, New Kensington CDC and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council told us they had crowdfunded over $11,000 for planting native shade trees, shrubs, and a cane fruit orchard (with red, yellow, and black raspberries!) on vacant land next to the gateway and were hosting a volunteer build day in June. See our preliminary design for New Kensington CDC

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