Space to Grow Recognized as One of Nation's Top Green Schoolyard Programs

April 12, 2016

Space to Grow: Greening Chicago Schoolyards is an innovative partnership between Openlands and Healthy Schools Campaign that aims to connect people with nature where they live by transforming underutilized schoolyards throughout the city into assets for students, their families and the environment. These schoolyards evolve through community engagement into environments that promote health and wellness, outdoor learning, and stormwater capture.

Currently, Space to Grow has completed 6 schoolyards on its way to a total of 34. The results of our efforts were published in March 2016 in our Green Schoolyards Report. Following this publication, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network recognized Space to Grow as one of the best green school programs in the country. The Green Schools Conference and Expo took place in Pittsburg, PA last month, where Space to Grow, among other initiatives across the country, was recognized by Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC as “…an inspiring example of innovation and passion in pursuit of schools that educate a generation of sustainability natives, students prepared to take the lead in the 21st century.”

Read the full press release from USGBC and the GSNN here.

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