The Upper West Side’s Calhoun School at 433 West End Avenue (at West 81st Street) was the first school in New York City to install a green roof. Its Green Roof Learning Center, which opened back in 2005, was part of a four-story, FXFOWLE -designed addition to the school’s main building. On Thursday, October 23, Calhoun is offering a free tour of the Learning Center and roof; the school estimates that the roof prevents around 26,000 gallons of water runoff per year.
Representatives from FXFOWLE will also be available to discuss how the roof was designed, constructed, and maintained, as well as the Center’s vegetable garden, weather station, and worm composting facilities. The Green Schools Alliance (of which Calhoun is a member) was created by schools and requires potential members to sign a climate commitment pledge in order to join. The event at Calhoun will take place from 4:30PM until 7:00; a link to RSVP (necessary in order to attend) is below.