Building Green & Healthy Schools

Reflo works with five Milwaukee-area schools per year in an intensive, collaborative process to design greener, healthier schoolyards. Each project is tailored to the specific needs and enthusiasm of the school’s community but often involves replacing seas of asphalt with green spaces including bioswales, rain gardens, and trees. The placemaking designs go beyond simply removing pavement, however, to maximize triple-bottom-line benefits.

Thank you to project partners and funders who are making all this possible!

Click the process diagram below for a more detailed PDF showing summer 2019 status.

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Conceptual Design Phase

In 2019, the following five schools are participating in their green schoolyard conceptual design phase:

Academy of Accelerated Learning
Allen-Field Elementary
Bay View Montessori
La Escuela Fratney
North Division High School

Check out their pages now for drone aerial overviews of existing schoolyards shot in 2018. Then check back later this year for progress on their conceptual schoolyard redevelopment plans or contact a team member to find out how you can get involved.


Fundraising Phase

In 2019, the following five schools are in the fundraising phase:

Anna F. Doerfler Elementary
Clement Avenue School
Golda Meir School
Vincent High School
Westside Academy

Click for a PDF poster showcasing highlights from this cohort’s conceptual designs.

Check back soon for links to each school’s conceptual schoolyard redevelopment plan document and to donate to support these projects.

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Detailed Design & Construction Phase

In 2019, the following four schools are in the Detailed Design & Construction phase:

A.E. Burdick School
Hawley Environmental
H.W. Longfellow School
Starms Early Childhood Center

Collectively, over $1 million was raised in 2018 to support these projects, with about $400,000 yet to be raised to complete the projects as planned.

Check out the school pages now to see the designs and to donate to support these projects.


Maintenance & Programming Phase

In 2018, green infrastructure construction was completed at Bradley Tech High School and Escuela Vieau.

Check back soon for links to these projects as they are used and maintained throughout 2019.