Fundraising campaign launches for a greener South Philly High

A couple weeks ago we reported that South Philadelphia High School has big plans to break ground on Earth Day for their arboretum and now they’re ready to tackle the next phase of the greening process: the roof.

Today kicks off the fundraising campaign for the campus greening plan. A rooftop press event will be held this morning at the high school with school officials, representatives from the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association and landscape architects from Roofmeadow, the firm that is handling the rooftop garden plans.

The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows
The possible future, rendering by Lauren Mandel of Roofmeadows

Sadly, there have to be rules about how many people are allowed to be on the roof at one time, so this meeting isn’t open to the public. Kim Massare, President of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, promises us that the neighbors and parents of SPHS students will be updated throughout the fundraising drive.

The plan to use Projexity, that we learned about back in February, is still on. The campaign will last for 60 days with a goal of raising $26,300. Molly Devinney, South Philly High gardens coordinator, told us that the money from this campaign will be used for the arboretum, the existing vegetable gardens, more trees and tree trenches on campus and porous pavement. For the roof, funds will be used for vegetable gardens, solar panels and outdoor classroom space.

Devinney is suspecting that the first community meeting for neighbors and parents will be scheduled after the fundraising campaign closes. The cool thing about this project is that it is a collaborative vision between the school and the neighborhood.

Here’s the link to the project page on Projexity. Green equals green for the next sixty days, which is a great equation for South Philly.