Green Playces Initiative

Two important conclusions came out of the 2014 Youth in Green report. First, we learned that communities with the most amount of vacant, blighted land have little-to-no environmentally-focused youth educational activities. Second, green space in close proximity to existing youth facilities is important. The absence of it perpetuates a deep disconnect between youth and their physical environment. Using these conclusions, GTECH designed the Green Playces program to take action against blight, connect young people to fun, open green spaces, and use those spaces as a platform for environmental education.

Beginning in the spring of 2015, GTECH designed and built Green Playces with support from residents and partners neighborhoods in the City of Pittsburgh. Our team has completed 7 Green Playces to date.  Green Playces include outdoor classrooms, outdoor kitchens, or play spaces incorporating green infrastructure based on community input and design, and partners with other neighborhood programs to bring environmental education opportunities on site. The program has hosted 13 Environmental education session, engaged 430 youth and 870 hours of educational engagement.

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