Villanova Volunteers to Build Rain Garden at Local Philadelphia School

The rain garden was designed by Villanova engineering students and will be installed as part of the eighth annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

Rain garden at Villanova University

VILLANOVA, Pa. – On Saturday, Sept. 28, thousands of Villanova University students, faculty, staff and alumni will unite with community organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia area for the eighth annual St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service. In keeping with the University’s commitment to both service and sustainability, the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE) and the Office of Sustainability have partnered to bring a rain garden to the St. Martin of Tours School in Philadelphia. Designed by students involved in VCASE, the rain garden will be built Saturday by Villanova volunteers as well as students from St. Martin of Tours. The plants for the garden have been donated by Pinelands Nursery & Supplies.

VCASE was launched in fall 2009 as a center for research within Villanova University’s College of Engineering. Faculty and students involved with VCASE perform exciting research by leveraging campus infrastructure in areas like alternative and renewable energy, biomass resources and conversion technologies, environmental engineering, sustainable infrastructure and materials and sustainable storm water management.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.