UENV

3750

Green Roof Ecology

Schools of Public Engagement: Environmental Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Green Roof Ecology

Spring 2019

Taught By: Timon McPhearson

Section: AX

CRN: 6690

Credits: 4

This course links urban ecology and urban design through a civic engagement project at with partners building, designing, and managing green roofs in NYC. Green roofs are examples of green infrastructure, often seen by policy makers and community members as a way to increase biodiversity in cities, mitigate urban heat, absorb stormwater, and provide novel spaces for social benefits. Yet, there is less research-based evidence quantifying these social and ecological benefits in the context of a rooftop green space, and therefore limited information about how they can be enhanced to maximize their social and environmental benefits. In this course, we examine specific social, ecological and environmental aspects of urban green roofs and learn urban field ecology and participatory research design techniques in partnership with Brooklyn Grange, a worldwide pioneer in rooftop farming with large-scale green roofs in Brooklyn and Queens. We connect scientific knowledge and awareness of New York City policy contexts with diverse design skills as we study urban ecology in the vertical architecture of the city. This intensive studio course will allow us to build the knowledge base for designing improved functionality, beauty, and ecological and environmental features that benefit both human and non-human species. We will meet at the project site on the roofs Sunset Park, Long Island City, Williamsburg and other green roofs several times throughout the semester.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Environmental Studies (UENV)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:41pm 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 68 5th Ave

Room: 104

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/8/2019

Green Roof Ecology

Fall 2018

Taught By: Timon McPhearson

Section: AX

CRN: 6974

Credits: 4

Green Roof Ecology is a field ecology and design course links urban ecology and urban design through a civic engagement project on a new green roof installation in Long Island City. Green roofs are examples of green infrastructure, often seen by policy makers and community members as a way to provide critical environmental benefits from increasing biodiversity in cities, to mitigating urban heat, and absorbing stormwater. Yet, there is less research-based evidence quantifying these ecological benefits in the context of a rooftop urban farm, and therefore limited information about how they can be enhanced to produce environmental benefits. In this course, we will work again with our close partners at Brooklyn Grange, a worldwide pioneer in rooftop farming with large-scale green roofs in Brooklyn and Queens, to bring design and ecology to the design, installation, and monitoring of a new large 15,000 sq. ft. roof being designed and built in fall 2018 and spring 2019 in Long Island City. The course will follow the design-build phase running consecutively over the academic year. We will examine specific ecological and environmental aspects of urban green roofs and learn urban field ecology and participatory research design techniques including work on our form GRE course site at Vice Media headquarters in Williamsburg and visits to the Javitz Center green roof. Our goal will be to connect scientific knowledge and awareness of New York City policy contexts with diverse design skills as we study and enhance urban rooftop ecology for both human and non-human species. We will meet at the project site and other green roofs several times throughout the semester.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Environmental Studies (UENV)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:45pm 2/18/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 205

Date Range: 8/29/2018 - 12/12/2018