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Green Schoolyards: A Growing Movement Supporting Health, Education and Connection with Nature

Summary

Case studies of systemic urban schoolyard transformation yield innovative and tangible approaches for replication.

School districts are some of America’s top landowners, with more than 130,000 schools across the country. In a small but growing number of cities, barren and underused schoolyards are transformed into multipurpose, environmentally-beneficial outdoor spaces, called “green schoolyards.” Case studies from six cities distill important factors that determined project success, including diverse partnerships and funding mechanisms, carefully leveraged policies at every level and documented impact that wins support.This report is informed by a rich dialogue that has been taking place at the national and local levels about how to help children, families, schools, communities, and the environment thrive.

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Healthy Schools Campaign & Openlands

PUBLICATION DATE

2016

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