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The Roof is Growing! A Top-Down Approach to Saving the Environment

The Roof is Growing! is a classroom program developed by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to engage and educate middle school students (grades 6-8) about green roofs and their environmental benefits. A green roof is a roof substantially covered with vegetation.

Using an interactive program and a workbook, students gather facts about green roofs. Then, they apply their knowledge by preparing a case for building a green roof on the Frederick Olmsted school auditorium.

The Roof is Growing! program components are:

  • Teacher's Guide: A downloadable, print resource to assist teachers with program implementation.
  • Website: An interactive program that allows students to gather information about green roofs and their environmental benefits. Students can also learn about career opportunities in landscape architecture.
  • Student Workbook: A downloadable, print workbook that directs students through the Green Roof web component and associated activities.
  • Field Trip: If you are in the District of Columbia area, consider making a field trip to see the green roof on ASLA's headquarters. Sign up for a field trip!

This ASLA Green Roof Education Program was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a generous contribution from the landscape architecture firm Lewis Scully Gionet, Inc.

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