Bronx Design & Construction Academy (BDCA) is home to the first approved public school green roof in New York City. The ninth grade Ecology class and after-school Green Science Club use the green roof to investigate and develop environmentally sustainable practices.
The green roof incorporates solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, which allow students to harness energy from the sun and store rain from the clouds. BDCA is also collaborating with professors and graduate students from Columbia University’s Green Roof Consortium to study water quality and quantify the benefits of green roofs through the monitoring of ambient temperature, ambient relative humidity, and solar insulation. Last year, BDCA students discussed ‘Building with Greenwall and Greenroof Technology‘ at the Horticultural Society of New York. In May this year, a pair of students presented on the mutual benefit of green roofs and solar panels at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) World Renewable Energy Forum (WREF) to an established international group of professional renewable energy practitioners and researchers. A team of BDCA students also competed in the Alliance for Climate Education’s Amazing Race and earned 1st place in the Tri-State region (NY, NJ and DC) for their work to conduct energy audits and reduce energy consumption at school.
Bronx Design & Construction Academy creates a learning environment where career and technical education (CTE) and Common Core-based content classes are taught through the lens of sustainability, environmental awareness, and stewardships. The integrated curriculum leads students to make connections between technology, science, and real world problems to formulate environmentally sustainable solutions to 21st Century development challenges.