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Green Infrastructure Training Puts YBB Students at the Cutting Edge

This spring, YouthBuild Boston students participated in training workshops where they learned about flooding concerns in urban areas and the important landscapes that help manage storm water runoff. The workshops introduced YBB’s Building Trades Exploration Program to green infrastructure practices and how to plant and maintain rain gardens and bioswales. Now the students are learning first-hand how to care for these landscapes through a rain garden maintenance contract with the Boston Parks Department, in partnership with Land Escapes Design, Inc.

The three rain gardens, which are located in East Boston, Elliot Norton Square near Chinatown, and Peabody Square at Ashmont Station, will help to reduce storm water runoff by filtering water into the ground rather than into storm drains. These gardens will help prevent flooding and protect water quality by reducing the amount of pollutants from impervious surfaces that flow into nearby rivers and streams. This work plays a role in YBB’s larger efforts to help strengthen policy around increased green infrastructure practices and installations across the Boston area, and places our students at the cutting edge of one of the fastest growing specialties in the building trades industry.

YouthBuild Boston is becoming a leader in green infrastructure training for young people. In past years YBB has partnered with Land Escapes Design, Inc. through the Living Roof Bus Shelter Initiative, which showcased green roof systems and the benefits that they have on the environment through living installations on top of bus shelters in Hyde Park and Dorchester. This type of training opens doors to many job opportunities in landscaping and green infrastructure for our students, including placement opportunities with the Boston Parks Department.

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