Green Roof Ecology

Schools of Public Engagement: Environmental Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Green Roof Ecology

Fall 2022

Taught By: Michelle Jackson

Section: A

CRN: 11903

Credits: 4

This course links urban ecology and urban design through a civic engagement project 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, places for growing food and provide novel spaces for many other 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 expanded in NYC to maximize their social and environmental benefits. In this course, we examine social, ecological and environmental aspects of urban green roofs and learn urban field ecology and participatory research design techniques. 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 help us to build the knowledge base for designing improved functionality, beauty, and ecological and environmental features that benefit both human and non-human species, while advancing knowledge to improve city investments in building out green roofs in the city. We will meet at project sites on the roofs at 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)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 7:14am EST 11/27/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 404

Date Range: 8/31/2022 - 12/7/2022