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Introduction To Green Roofs

  • Brooklyn Grange Clinton Avenue & Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY (map)

Event Description
At this point, chances are good you've heard of a green roof.... maybe you've even seen one! Green roofs are popping up all around the globe and slowly but surely covering our cities. What's the big idea? Sure they're gorgeous, and that's probably reason enough, but why else have a green roof? Are there actual measurable benefits to the building, the city, the environment? Can you put one anywhere, any time? How much do those things cost?  And what's underneath those rooftop plants anyhow?

Gwen Schantz, COO of Brooklyn Grange, heads up our Design/Build department and will go through the ins and outs of green roofing in NYC and beyond. She'll cover all the benefits, challenges, and options available for those rooftop oases and share Brooklyn Grange's experience greenroofing our city. By the end of this workshop you'll have a sense of what it takes to green roof a space, large or small!  Before you know it you could have a green, serene rooftop of your very own. This workshop will begin with a walk around the farm but mostly take place in our indoor loft space.


Gwen Schantz is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Brooklyn Grange LLC. A long-time sustainable food advocate, Gwen has a background in non-profit management and sustainable development. As the head of Brooklyn Grange’s Design/Build division, Gwen creates and maintains innovative green spaces for a diverse clientele, from schools and non-profit organizations, to private residences and commercial buildings. Gwen’s dedication to solving urban environmental problems through the installation of soil and plants has been recognized by Curbed, who honored her as a 2015 “Young Gun” designer. She has given talks at various colleges and universities, served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Environmental Studies Department, and spoken to audiences at AIGA, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Greenbuild Conference, the Urban Green Council, the Department of City Planning of New York, and the Brooklyn Food Conference, among others. She is a registered General Contractor, an experienced Sustainability Consultant, and has managed dozens of urban garden and green roof design-build projects.


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, or tour.  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.