Improving the Green Space and Stormwater Management
Drexel faculty and students in Engineering and Architecture have worked with community partners on a variety of projects, including the redesign of the McMichael School playground, local City-owned playgrounds, and outdoor space at Presbyterian Apartments, with the goal of improving the green space and storm water management infrastructure in Mantua.
In 2011, Drexel University and the City of Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation embarked on a multi-faceted partnership to green the West Philadelphia community. The collaboration supports Mayor Nutter's Greenworks Philadelphia plan, which includes planting 300,000 new trees by 2015, and capitalizes on the University's resources and academic expertise to significantly impact neighborhoods in West Philadelphia and beyond. The program aims to "green" several playgrounds in the Mantua section of the city and create new storm water treatment systems for local parks and playgrounds, which will be designed and implemented by the Drexel's environmental engineering students. The students' designs will also serve as templates for the City to implement storm water treatment systems in other green spaces across Philadelphia. As part of the plan, Drexel also donated 200 trees along with a "planting and caring" training session to faculty and staff living in Philadelphia.