Green Schools is a partnership between the City and MPS to transform school playgrounds by creating green space by removing asphalt and replacing it with trees and turf. The City received $345,000 through a federal appropriation sponsored by US Senator Kohl and funded through the USDA Forest Service. Federal funding helped leverage an additional $150,000 from the CERES Foundation. As part of Green Schools, 10 schools received green retrofits that removed a total of 77,100 square feet of asphalt. As a result of both federal and local funding, Green Schools will reduce stormwater runoff from selected MPS schools, transform asphalt into playable surfaces and provide valuable shade and cooler temperatures for children to play.