The rooftop will serve as a living laboratory that will teach students about sustainability and the school’s environmental technology. The students originally intended to construct the green roof and renewable energy systems as a way to help decrease the school’s carbon emissions, but it will eventually become so much more for them in terms of an educational experience.
The active group of students are even working to develop an entirely new sustainability curriculum, which is being piloted at BLS this fall. The program is open to all students and will also be available to the other 17 YouthCAN chapters throughout Massachusetts. Other schools will also be allowed to take field trips to the school’s rooftop to get a hands-on learning experience. As of 2007, the seventh grade students who helped originate the project idea had just finished their sophomore year, and they hope that the project can be completed by the time they graduate in 2012.