P.S. 41 develops a new green roof curriculum

The green roof at P.S. 41; click to enlarge. (Photo: Jessica Bruah)

Schools often have large, flat roofs and so are good fits for plant­i­ng. This is the green roof at P.S. 41; click to enlarge. (Pho­to: Jes­si­ca Bru­ah)

P.S. 41 Green­wich Vil­lage School has already pio­neered the intro­duc­tion of green roofs into the Man­hat­tan edu­ca­tion­al scene, not only installing its own green roof (with intrin­sic envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits like pro­vid­ing insu­la­tion and reduc­ing elec­tric­i­ty use), but trans­form­ing that space into a valu­able learn­ing envi­ron­ment. The Green­roof Envi­ron­men­tal Lit­er­a­cy Lab­o­ra­to­ry (GELL) pro­vides a unique out­door space for city-bound chil­dren to observe, learn, and inter­act with a nat­u­ral set­ting while simul­ta­ne­ous­ly facil­i­tat­ing hands-on learn­ing in a vari­ety of dis­ci­plines.  (See our pre­vi­ous cov­er­age of the inno­v­a­tive roof at P.S. 41 here.)

P.S. 41 has now part­nered with MS 422-Car­roll Gar­dens School for Inno­va­tion and The Bronx Acad­e­my of Design and Con­struc­tion to spread their edu­ca­tion­al inno­va­tion to schools every­where by pub­lish­ing a first-of-its-kind K-12 Green Roof Cur­ricu­lum Guide. This guide will offer a cur­ricu­lum that con­nects a green roof to exist­ing NYC Edu­ca­tion Stan­dards, Com­mon Core, and STEM. In addi­tion, it will offer ways that a green roof can help schools fundraise and build com­mu­ni­ty.

The part­ner schools have kicked off an Indiegogo Cam­paign to help them raise the $12,750 need­ed to share the lesson plans with all schools in an e-book form. To learn more and pos­si­bly donate to this inno­v­a­tive ped­a­gogy click here. And you can watch a video about the project below: