Green Roofs

As you may have noticed, Rachel has taken over my blog for half of October. I hope the dreams haven’t creeped anyone out too much. I’ve become immune to their strangeness due to the fact that Rachel has been telling me her dreams as long as I can remember. There is a great possibility that she may continue posting, so just be prepared. Maybe I’ll ask her to post some more cheerful dreams as the holidays approach. She does have sweet dreams, surprisingly enough. Speaking of continued posting, I will be stepping up my game over the next few months. I am currently trying to think of some Christmas posts that I would like to do, and following those I will be posting a ton of travel blogs! I have yet to inform anyone reading these blogs, but I am studying abroad in Ireland from January to May. I have multiple trips planned (in my head) during my stay there, and I am so excited to share those with everyone. If anyone has recommendations of places they have gone and stayed at in Europe do tell! I hope to explore more of Eastern and Northern Europe while I am there.

But lets move onto a new topic. This fall I have been interning with NYC Parks, a wonderful experience coupled with wonderful people. Two weeks ago, I was asked to meet at one of the park’s many recreational centers in Harlem. There we were helping to build a green roof installation from scratch. It was a beautiful day while I chatted with the other interns about movies we like as we stuffed the plastic water filtration systems into cloth sheets, to which we then would enclose and place in the black trays that would eventually hold the soil and plants.

Below are some images of the installation I took at the end of the day.

Green roofs are slowly becoming more popular in New York City. I find them to be incredible. Their abilities to clean the air of excess carbon dioxide, cool down roofs, increase the lifespan of roofs, attract natural pollinators, and be aesthetically pleasing is everything a city dweller could ask for.

Atop of the 5 boro complex on Randel’s Island is the NYC Parks facility. There holds the world’s most diverse green roof, made up of 36 different systems. I will attach some photos I took the other day at work. The season of planting has come to an end, so I wasn’t able to include photos of the hydroponic, vertical tower systems used to grow vegetables as the planters had taken them down for the colder months to come. But still, the roof looks great for late October/ early November! (Yes, I realize the weather this fall has been amazing and super warm, but even so, still awesome). Definitely look into green roofs sometime in the future. They are fascinating, and their positives go far beyond what I briefly explained in this post. Plus, there is a good chance that their population numbers will increase heavily in the next decade.