Installing a green roof on a school building can be a complex and lengthy endeavor.  However, with proper research, administrative support, a dedicated project team, funding, and patience, schools can successfully navigate the process. Before taking on any green roof project, the school administration should determine if this is a priority for students, teachers, and the parent community. Also, consideration of long-term maintenance must be included in a green roof project proposal. 


It is advisable to start small, such as developing a successful ground-level garden that can be maintained and used as an outdoor classroom, before considering a green roof.


For further information:

Educational Green Roofs Conference, 2017

Hosted by PS 41, National Wildlife Federation, NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability, and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

Part One

Part Two


 More Information: A Guide to Installing Green Roofs on NYC Public Schools PT 1

PT 2

Zee Lehar