Whenever it seems like there's a surplus of doom and gloom running through the headlines, you hear about a story like this: at-risk teenagers staying in Covenant House, a homeless shelter in New York City, have set about cultivating green roofs on skyscrapers around the city. Their goal is to create a citywide "skyscraper garden" across Manhattan.
The teens recently completed the first stage of the project, done in collaboration with Seeding the City--planting a green roof on the ninth story of a building in midtown Manhattan.
There, they'll be watering, maintaining, and caring for the seedlings, which will eventually be planted on other roofs around the city. By the time they've finished, they'll have created a veritable citywide skyscraper garden.
Covenant House describes the benefits of the project:
Through this project, residents – who would normally have to put most of their energy toward finding a place to sleep or their next meal – are learning that personal decisions made each day can contribute positively to the future of climate change and that a future career may lay in the industry.This isn't some arts and crafts hour, either--building green roofs is serious work with a serious environmental benefit. And with a growing green job market, there's a good chance that the skills learned through the course of the project could lead to some real opportunities.
It's an inspiring program led by some inspiring kids--we wish them the best of luck, and we'll certainly be checking in on New York's finest green roofing project for updates on their progress.