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Native plants grace the entrance of John L. Sipley Elementary School, a WRD Environmental project

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John L. Sipley Elementary School, Woodridge, IL

Client Profile

Woodridge School District 68 serves approximately 2,400 elementary and middle school students in south-central DuPage County. John L. Sipley is one of the district's schools.

  • Work closely with Woodridge School District personnel and teachers at Sipley to design and implement green infrastructure strategies and outdoor learning opportunities
Sample Results
  • Replaced nearly an acre of asphalt and concrete with permeable pavers, recreating the site's natural hydrology
  • Resolved flooding and sidewalk frost-heave problems around the school
  • Aquired stormwater grants totaling $84,000
  • Created a reading garden and an outdoor learning space for curriculum enhancement
  • Organized a school-wide educational program to teach the value of native plants and habitats, and the importance of managing stormwater and conserving water
  • Reduced the amount of time staff spends caring for hardscapes by eliminating the need to patch asphalt cracks and reducing the need for de-icing salt

Learn about sustainable results at Edgewood Elementary School and Willow Creek Elementary School.

Learn more about Woodridge School District 68.

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Demonstrating that water infiltrates permeable paving rather than running off of it
 Permeable paver demonstration