Propel Braddock Hills Rain Garden

Program Area: ReClaim

Topic: Education, Stormwater, Youth, Youth Education

Year: 2013

Neighborhood: Braddock Hills

Throughout the fall semester, GTECH worked with Propel Braddock Hills to equip students with the skills needed to see vacant land as an opportunity, not an obstacle and how to best communicate their vision for future land use.  GTECH staff led educational sessions for students to expand their understanding of complex environmental issues.   Students then translated their awareness into tangible actions through a hands-on installation of green infrastructure on their campus, allowing them to develop a sense of ownership over their school’s property.

Students also explored stormwater management as an effective strategy in addressing vacant land by creating a rain garden to capture runoff from their parking lot.


3rd graders plant Amsonia and Baptisia in the rain garden

3rd graders paint the path of stormwater

Students mulching and planting the rain garden

Playing — we mean working — in the dirt.

helping install plants that will help mitigate stormwater runoff

mulching the newly installed plants


A Rain Garden at Propel Braddock Hills The Propel Blog | October 11, 2013

This school year, students at Propel Braddock Hills are learning while  making their community and city a better, more environmentally-friendly place. Through a grant from Starbucks and collaboration with GTECH, Propel Braddock Hills third grade and sixth grade students built a rain garden to help prevent… Read more

Special Thanks

Thanks to the hard working and curious Propel students who participated in this project, both in the classroom and outdoors. We are also grateful for Kristen Golomb, Coordinator of Science Programming at Propel, for helping to organize this project.


  • The Starbucks Foundation

  • Propel Braddock Hills