A Guide to Green Roofs on Existing School Buildings

The Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with the Division of School Facilities, Schools Construction Authority, and the NYC Department of Environmental Protection Office of Green Infrastructure, offer guidance to schools that wish to pursue a green roof project on their building. Download the Guide 

Million Trees Initiative

In support of the City's Million Trees Initiative, the Department of Education and New York Restoration Project (NYRP) forged a partnership to plant trees at schools every year. In fiscal year 2010, NYRP planted over 2,000 trees at nearly 130 schools. If you are interested in planting trees, building gardens, or greening your school property, apply for the Gardens for City program. Applications from schools are accepted on a rolling basis.

Schoolyards to Playgrounds Initiative

As part of the City's PlaNYC efforts, the Department of Education, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Trust for Public Land partnered to implement the Schoolyards to Playgrounds Initiative which has opened over 250 school yards to community use.

NYC Compost Project

NYC Compost Project, supported by the NYC Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Recycling and Sustainability since 1993, has staff in every borough at the botanic gardens and lower east side ecology center. Staff and Master Composters are available to help teachers and students learn about decomposition and composting through workshops and field trips to compost demo sites. Schools are encouraged to set up their own compost bins -- outdoors in school gardens, or wormbins in the classroom.