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Designing Green Roofs for Urban Ecosystems, Day-Long Intensive

  • Brooklyn Grange Flushing Avenue & Clinton Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205 United States (map)
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Cecilia de Corral, Director of Design/Build, will walk participants through the ins and outs of green roofing, with a focus on New York City, and present a framework for thinking creatively about the opportunities of greening our cities. She'll cover the benefits, challenges, and options available for those rooftop oases and share Brooklyn Grange's experience of designing, installing, and maintaining green spaces all over the city. 

With the global push towards sustainable design, Cities in particular are a major focal point for the incorporation of green infrastructure. The recent passage of New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act, which requires either solar or green roofs on all new construction or major renovations, will mean more opportunity than ever to join this growing sector. 

This day-long intensive course will take place at our Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm and will include a farm-fresh lunch, lots of coffee, and a happy hour Q&A–so come prepared to ask Ceci everything you've ever wanted to know about green roofs and the city! 

Class will start in the morning in our indoor classroom, followed by lunch around a communal table. The afternoon will kick-off with an hour long farm tour and then we'll move back inside where we will look at a few case studies of existing projects. You'll then have a chance to work in small groups to develop hypothetical opportunities into the first drafts of design projects. We'll end the day back up on the roof where you will present your plans to the class while sharing a beverage and taking in one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline! (weather permitting)

Ceci will cover a range of topics, including: Design principles for green roofs, considerations when designing or choosing sites, ways to begin the conversation around green roofs with a property manager or owner, incentives available for green roofs, irrigation requirements and initial system introductions, long term and short term maintenance considerations,  goals and challenges for green spaces in New York City’s current climate.

We recommend this session particularly to architects hoping to incorporate green roofing into their language and client offerings, developers or property managers looking to increase value or rethink their amenity spaces, or anyone generally interested in New York City’s urban landscape. From urban planners and farmers, developers and community organizers alike, attendees will leave with a new perspective on how to design design, plan for, finance, and maintain green spaces. 

10am: Welcome
10:15am: - 12:30pm: Intro to Green Roofs - design principles, legislation and financial incentives
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch on the roof
1:30 - 2:15pm: Farm tour
2:15pm - 3:30pm: Ecosystem service design- native plants, irrigation, and maintenance
3:30pm - 4:00pm: Workshop/group exercise 
4:00pm: Back to the roof for student presentations and afternoon beverages
4:30pm: Group discussion & Q&A
5pm: BYE


PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, Brooklyn Grange will not provide credit or refunds for tickets purchased on our website for a workshop, dining event, yoga class, tour, or other ticketed event.  Events take place rain or shine. Please understand that buying a ticket to one of our events is no different from buying a concert ticket, theater ticket, or movie ticket. You are always welcome to gift your class to a friend if you cannot make it!

Please let us know if you would like to attend but are unable to do so due to registration fees. We are happy to extend a discount or full scholarship to low income members of our community. If you know an organization or an individual who might be well served by this program, please tell them to reach out to us via email at Brooklyn Grange recognizes that everyone’s situation is unique and we understand that there are circumstances beyond income, but please consider that we have our own bottom line to hit, and an ecosystem whose health depends on the financial sustainability of our organization. Please consider your privilege (ie. education, generational wealth, parental and community support, partnership status and other circumstances that may offer you a safety net which allows more resilience when financial setbacks occur)* before reaching out. Note that we we may ask for proof of income before we are able to make a determination of eligibility.

*Thank you to our friends at Farm School NYC for this language. 

Earlier Event: October 30
Farm Tour | Brooklyn Navy Yard