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Top 7 Back-to-School Case Studies

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down, and that in some places classes have already begun. To celebrate the upcoming schoolyear, we’ve compiled a collection of LPS Case Study Briefs on school and campus projects that showcase the environmental, economic, and social value of sustainable landscapes. Here they are, each with one key landscape performance benefit highlighted…


The Willow School - Gladstone, NJ

Engages all 250 students in an educational curriculum that includes landscape processes and ethics. When a sample of students were asked to list environmentally-friendly features of green buildings, 82% listed landscape features such as rainwater harvesting, composting, vegetable gardens, or wetlands.


Brent Elementary Schoolyard Greening - Washington, DC

Introduced 1-2 hours per week of outdoor classroom experience for grades 1-5, and 4-5 hours per week for preschool and kindergarten. Sixteen classes use the “Nature Classroom” for subjects ranging from science to art, music, and English.


TJU Lubert Plaza - Philadelphia, PA

Increases satisfaction with TJU as a workplace/university, with 81.2% of respondents saying that the presence of the plaza probably or definitely increased their satisfaction and 88% reporting to feel more positive after spending time in the plaza.


The Dell at the University of Virginia- Charlottesville, VA

Reduces sediment and nutrient loadings downstream, reducing total suspended solids by 30-92%, phosphate by 23-100%, and nitrate by -50-89% according to water sample data.


Yale University’s Kroon Hall - New Haven, CT

Saves 634,000 gallons of potable water each year by eliminating the need to use potable water for irrigation and, in concert with water-conserving plumbing fixtures, reducing the building’s potable water use by 81%.


University of AZ Sonoran Landscape Laboratory - Tucson, AZ

Reduced potable water use for irrigation during the desert establishment period (first 3-5 years) by 83%, or 280,000 gallons annually. After the establishment period, the need for potable water in irrigation should be eliminated.


Gary Comer Youth Center - Chicago, IL

  • Produces 1,000 lbs of fruits and vegetables annually. Food from the rooftop feeds 175 children at the center each day, is distributed among four local restaurants, and is sold at a local farmers market.

In Sept/Oct, look for 20+ new Case Study Briefs as we publish the products of the 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program.

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