10,000 Sq. Ft. Green Roof Approved for Village’s P.S. 41

Public School 41 received approval last Thursday from the School Construction Authority (“SCA”) for a 10,000-square-foot green roof. The school, located at 116 West 11th Street in Greenwich Village, will begin installing the roof next summer. P.S. 41 has retained the Jonathan Rose Companies to supervise the project, which is known as Gell- the Greenroof [...]

Public School 41 received approval last Thursday from the School Construction Authority (“SCA”) for a 10,000-square-foot green roof. The school, located at 116 West 11th Street in Greenwich Village, will begin installing the roof next summer. P.S. 41 has retained the Jonathan Rose Companies to supervise the project, which is known as Gell- the Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory. Gell will provide P.S. 41’s K-5 student body with an interactive learning center; each grade will engage in a different curriculum focused generally around educating students as to how they can improve their local urban environment. For example, fourth- and fifth-graders will head to the roof and study forests and other ecosystems, earth science, and environments. Gell will serve as the laboratory for these lessons which will be crafted around the roof’s natural environment and microsystems.

P.S. 41 has also already implemented a school-wide green initiative that includes a recycling program, the use of environment-friendly cleaning products, and a school garden project that’s sponsored by Scotts Miracle Grow and HSBC. The Department of Education supports the Gell project, but isn’t providing funding; the PTA is leading fund-raising efforts, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has promised dollars from his office’s coffers. Ultimately, P.S. 41 and Jonathan Rose hope that Gell will become a blueprint for other schools throughout the city to access the incentives offered in Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC’s Water Quality Initiative No. 9.

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