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Albert M. Greenfield School

Equipped with a master plan for an environmentally responsible schoolyard, Greenfield’s parents and teachers built tremen­dous capacity and a wide range of stakeholders. As a result, the school was able to implement the entire original plan, in five construction phases that took place over seven years.
Mounds or "berms" on the east side of the playground provide students with a place to climb, jump, or simply sit in the shade. Credit: Viridian Landscape Studio
Building a Strong Team of Stakeholders

Located a few blocks from the Schuylkill River, Greenfield is well-known in the city as an excellent, resourceful public school with a diverse student body. The Home and School Association had started the greening process with a modest first step: a student penny drive to buy a weather station. Then, in 2005, the Collaborative worked with parents and teachers on the Greening Greenfield Committee to create a conceptual plan for the schoolyard. 

Throughout the design process, the committee engaged students, neighbors, and community groups and later public agencies, nonprofits, and foundations. This strategic organizing was a huge factor in the  success of the project, and resulted in many different sources of funding—large and small, from state representatives to benefit concerts. Greenfield leaders sought to benefit more than their own community—they wanted to spark schoolyard greening projects at other Philadelphia public schools.

“Forming a dedicated committee of alumni, parents, and teachers was key to helping us get through the most important early phases.”


Lisa Armstrong, Chair, Greening Greenfield Committee 

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