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Mayor Nutter Introduces Green Schoolyard Initiative Expansion in Philadelphia

Mayor Nutter Introduces Green Schoolyard Initiative Expansion in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced the expansion of the city’s innovative Green2015 partnership along with several colleagues this week, celebrating the pending completion of William Cramp Elementary School’s new green schoolyard in Philadelphia.

The initiative’s latest success was observed with Deputy Mayor/Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent Dr. William R. Hite Jr., and The Trust for Public Land’s Jeff Danter, senior vice president and Atlantic Seaboard division director.

“Making Philadelphia the greenest city in America involves infrastructure changes, innovative partnerships and creating healthy, sustainable spaces, and it is also about creating opportunities where children and families can play and learn,” Mayor Nutter said. “Thanks to the hard work of our city departments and our partners, we celebrate the work at hand as well as the work ahead to support more green schoolyards and play spaces.”

The School District of Philadelphia also announced plans to invest $5 million in capital funding over the next five years to develop 20 additional green schoolyards in partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), pending School Reform Commission approval.

“This partnership helps to advance our work towards ensuring students have great schools — inside and out — close to where they live,” Hite said. “We are proud to create more great green school buildings throughout the School District of Philadelphia.”

When combined with five pilot project green schoolyards currently in development through the Green2015 partnership, the expansion will bring the school…
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