Esswein can speak about projects to create environmentally friendly playgrounds.
Carolyn Esswein and her urban planning students are working to create more environmentally friendly playgrounds with Reflo and Milwaukee Public Schools. Each schoolyard redevelopment project is tailored to the needs of each school, often replacing asphalt with features like bioswales, rain gardens, and outdoor play areas and classrooms. Esswein can discuss how such changes can improve stormwater management while also promote play and learning. She also can talk about how the need for more outdoor gathering spaces during COVID might affect urban planning design after the pandemic.