SWBR helps create an Urban Park on Earth Day

Friday, April 26, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day, and to bring awareness to the importance of green space in urban environments, SWBR joined forces to turn three city parking spaces on Gibbs Street into an urban park on Earth Day. SWBR Architects, Java’s Café, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care, Batavia Turf Farm, the University of Rochester student organization Eastman for Earth, and The Eastman Office of Student Life organized a local Park(ing) Day Event on Earth Day.

The national movement based in San Francisco, Park(ing) Day is meant to “call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat.” On April 22, three parking spots were barricaded off and evergreen trees, flowering shrubs and sod replaced the asphalt.

SWBR also hosted a series of events throughout the week, including lunch sessions on sustainable topics such as Cracking the Energy Code and Thermal Imaging Analysis, a weeklong drive for Working Wardrobe benefitting Volunteers of America, and an Employee Acknowledgment program for sustainable achievements above and beyond expectations.

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