Our school’s greenspaces, play areas, and parking lot were completely redesigned with the help of a generous Enbridge Ecofootprint Grant. Fox 21 featured a story on the transformation, which you can view here!
MSD had a longstanding goal to transform our property into a more natural environment and to, more than ever, bring the Montessori learning environment outside. A grant of nearly $80k from Enbridge, plus $10k from the South St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District, made that goal a reality. Now that the work on this project is finished, our school campus is a great example of responsible land stewardship for the entire community. Rainwater is reclaimed through rain barrels and rain gardens. A redesigned parking lot provides easier drop-off and pick-up. A dramatically increased green area provides room to run. The transformed grounds also serve as a classroom for studying the natural sciences.
Our grant application targeted improving and protecting surface and groundwater quality in the Tischer Creek and 34th Avenue Creek watersheds. The grand was administered by the Minnesota Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils, Inc.
The production of the grant’s application was a true team effort by both the Building and Grounds committee and the support of the following professional services providers and their in-kind donations of the work outlined below:
This project was the first step in our long-term outdoor renewal plan spearheaded by the Building and Grounds Committee. The next step was installing new play equipment in our outdoor playspaces, to make MSD’s grounds a seamless extension of Montessori learning for our students. Finally, we added a rooftop solar panel installation to improve the school’s overall sustainability.