Panel: From Gray to Green: Transforming Urban Schoolyards
Date & Time
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Speakers: Lisa Neeb and Kareem Benson-White

Many schools located in urban districts are surrounded by hardscapes, installed decades ago in effort to reduce overall maintenance costs. Now with a focus on sustainability and outdoor education, many Milwaukee-area schools are joining the Greener, Healthier Schools movement to bring back more natural landscapes that provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. Join us for a presentation focused on sharing the story, process, and impacts of undergoing a transformative urban schoolyard redevelopment project where seas of asphalt are removed and replaced with green infrastructure, native plantings, and outdoor classrooms. We will share reflections, lessons-learned, and how schools are promoting social-emotional well-being, ecoliteracy, and stewardship utilizing their inspiring, redeveloped schoolyards.