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Where Are the Greenest Schools in the Country?

The definition of being eco-conscious is so much more than having solar panels on a roof

Manassas Park Elementary School, Manassas, Virginia. Architect: VMDO Architects, PC. (© Sam Kittner)

P.S. 164 Brooklyn, New York

P.S. 164
(Naomi Ellenson / The Trust for Public Land)

The Trust for Public Land has been working, through its Parks for People program, to replace asphalt playgrounds in urban areas with green spaces. In 2012, two schools housed in the same building in Borough Park, Brooklyn—P.S. 164 and P.S. 77, a program for students with special needs—became the proud recipients of a “sensory garden.” In the plot, students can touch fuzzy lamb’s ears, sniff sprigs of lavender and sample basil and other herbs.


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