Shoemaker Green - New Green Space is More Than Just a Pretty Place

October 10, 2012

Our most recent inviting campus green space had its official opening on September 20, as part of a continuation of Penn Connects 2.0, the latest plans for campus development. Located east of 33rd Street between the Palestra, Franklin Field, and the David Rittenhouse Labs, these 2.75 acres have been transformed into Shoemaker Green, a pleasant site for picnic lunches, informal study groups, pre- or post-game gatherings, or catching a few moments of outdoor time between classes or meetings.


Named for Emeritus Trustee and former Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, Alvin V. Shoemaker (W '60, Hon '95), this green is both beautiful and hard working. Due to the numerous sustainable elements in the design, Shoemaker Green was selected as a Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) pilot project for landscape design.


Shoemaker Green sustainable site management will minimize runoff, reduce the urban heat island effect by greening large paved areas, restore biomass on site, increase local biodiversity, and improve the overall environment for the community. In detail, some of these sustainable features are a central lawn of fescue, a drought-tolerant grass, an assortment of native plant species, more than 100 new or existing trees, a rain garden, porous pavers, benches made of recycled wood, and a 20,000-gallon underground cistern for storm water management and re-use.


Penn was presented with the Office Depot Special Recognition Award for the University’s sustainable purchasing practices in 2013.

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