Thanks to alot of hard work by parents, students, neighborhood volunteers, and a wide range of community partners, the Albert M. Greenfield Elementary School has transformed its asphalt schoolyard into a vibrant green space. The multi-purpose school ground controls stormwater runoff, acts as living classroom, and provides green recreation space for local resident's use.
This model of environmental stewardship features an indigenous woodland forest garden, porous pavement, permeable recycled play surface, an agriculture zone, and trees that provide migratory bird and butterfly habitat as well as much needed shade. Along with its community improvement and learning enrichment goals, the "Greening Greenfield" effort is intended to develop a model that can be replicated in other Philadelphia public schools.
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