Green roofs could be in the future for South Philly High

Ever notice that when you’re going south in South Philly you hit a wall and wonder, “no more trees?” South Philly High has been trying to do their part with its garden space at Broad and Snyder, but now they’re trying to take it to the next level. The catch is is that you’re going to have to look up to find it.

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

Last week, the Dickinson Narrows Civic Association shared on Facebook, on behalf of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, that administrators from South Philly High and neighborhood representatives are going to work with Roofmeadow, a Philadelphia-based green roof firm, to transform the high school’s roof.

Lauren Mandel from Roofmeadow shared on her blog about LoMo civic president Kim Massare’s idea for greening the high school’s roof.

The idea was simple: take advantage of South Philly High’s mammoth roof to build curriculum, improve student and faculty health, and manage storm water. Key components such as productive agricultural plots, outdoor classrooms, and even solar panel arrays could provide endless fuel for innovative coursework for the school’s 1,400-plus students. Ground-level landscape improvements could further the school’s “greening” initiative, while fostering a fresh escape for neighbors who lack nearby park space. It’s a win-win situation.

The roof now, but what a view

Mandel asked the same question that we asked ourselves, “How can a Philadelphia public school pay for anything?” The plan is to use Projexity, a new fundraising website that is very similar to Kickstarter. While Kickstarter primarily focuses on artistic projects, Projexity will target public landscape and urban design projects.

The site plans to launch within the next month so time will tell what crowd-funding will have in store for the greening of South Philly. Fingers crossed.