Sustainable Schoolyard Partnership

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Bring Nature into Your School with the SSP

Many schoolyards in Nebraska are dominated by pavement and lawn, which may not provide students with all of the educational and physiological benefits that greenspaces can.  You can do something about it!  The Conservation Education Program is launching the Sustainable Schoolyard Partnership (SSP) to help schools change their landscapes into beautiful and ecological places that foster learning and healthy mental and physical development.  Please consider helping your school partner with us. Funds may still be available for landscape projects on a rolling basis.

For more information contact Kendall Weyers, Sustainable Communities Coordinator, at kweyers2@unl.edu.

When the school environment is more sustainable, everybody wins.

  • Schools save money by spending less on chemicals, irrigation, and energy consumption.
  • Students become more connected with nature.  This relationship offsets obesity, buffers stress, fosters social interaction, and improves concentration, productivity, and cognitive development.
  • Faculty gain outdoor spaces that can serve as classrooms and avenues for environmental education.
  • Staff benefit from the relaxing and restorative effects of green spaces.
  • Community members learn sustainable and ecologically viable practices that they can use in their own landscapes.

How the SSP Works

Partner Schools in Action