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A Teaching Moment: Greening Greenfield

  • Image courtesy of SMP Architect, Viridian Landscape Studio, and Meliora Environmental Design.

Greenfield Elementary School picked an instructive day to celebrate the groundbreaking of Greening Greenfield, its innovative project to "unpave" and plant its playground.  The week began with a commuter-hour cloudburst, and the all-day forecast called for thunderstorms mixed with "isolated storms".  Luckily, this project's all about managing stormwater. Inga Saffron explains the connection between Greening Greenfield and Philly's new resolve to capture stormwater runoff in today's Changing Skyline column. Hopefully, Greening Greenfield will be the first of many projects that exchange concrete and asphalt for permeable surfaces.

Greening Greenfield, like any community development project that's changing the rules,  is  depending  on lots of partners for funding, expertise, and inspiration. The project is being supported by a grant from the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation (the school’s namesake). The Philadelphia Water Department and GreenPlan Philadelphia are also lead funders. Additional grants are being provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Activities Fund, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Conestoga Bank.

The Community Design Collaborative and Delaware Valley Earth Force have contributed in-kind services.


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