University Students Unveil New Green Space on Earth Day

Samuel Merritt University

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Elizabeth Valente, 510.725.7980


April 22, 2011

University Students Unveil New Green Space on Earth Day

(OAKLAND, Calif., April 22, 2011)  Oakland's concentration of green buildings and space makes it one of the greenest cities in the nation, according to the City of Oakland, and Samuel Merritt University (SMU) is adding to our community's reputation.   On Friday, April 22, SMU students, faculty, staff, and hospital employees will officially have a new green space intended to serve as a meeting place for social functions and activities such as studying, relaxing, and even playing hacky sac. 

For several months local East Bay design group, Suma Landscaping, removed the concrete parking lot and added 5000 sq. ft. of lawn surrounded by nearly two dozen flowering trees, shrubs and mounds.  Benches, bike racks, a sidewalk walkway, and a handicap ramp and railings were also installed. 

Environmentalists claim sustainable school design provides cost-effective way to enhance student learning, reduce health and operational costs and, ultimately, increase school quality and competitiveness.  The new space is a major step forward in providing students, faculty, and staff with a healthy learning environment.

The new green space project is part of the SMU displacement project funded by the University's parent company, Sutter Health.  To celebrate Earth Day, the University and Suma Landscaping will be donating seeds and plants for guests to take home to make their own contribution to the Greening of America.

When: Ribbon cutting of the new lawn and patio will begin at 11:30am on Friday, April 22 

Where:  450 30th Street, Oakland (Between Summit and Telegraph - look for the blue awning)

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

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