Jonathan Rose Companies
Public School 41 (P.S. 41)
New York, New York

Jonathan Rose Companies’ Culture, Health and Education practice is serving as the real estate advisor on P.S. 41’s project to develop a green learning laboratory on the school’s under-utilized roof. The goal of the green roof is to create an open space that will engage P.S. 41 students and reinforce their understanding of environmental issues directly affecting them.

The Greenroof Environmental Literacy Laboratory (GELL) at P.S. 41 aims to instill a commitment to sustainability in New York City public school children. As a template for converting asphalt roofs into dynamic green learning spaces, GELL has been nurtured by actively engaged faculty and community partnerships that distinguish the project as an important step towards accomplishing the city’s sustainability goals as described in PlaNYC 2030. 

GELL seeks to foster greater environmental stewardship in future generations. The 15,000 sf roof top will be transformed through an application of an extensive LiveRoof modular green roof system. The school faculty has been actively involved in the plant selection to ensure that all curriculum, sensory and aesthetic needs are addressed in the green roof design. Through the careful selection of plantings, the green roof will also provide a wildlife refuge for declining and rare native species of birds, snails, and insects specific to Manhattan’s original habitat.

In addition to its educational benefits, the green roof at P.S. 41 will help to improve air quality and reduce the heat island effect in the surrounding neighborhood. It will also significantly cut energy consumption and decrease storm water run-off. 

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Firm Role
Project Management – Strategic Advisory Services

Project Profile
15,000 sf green roof installation designed to foster environmental literacy in grades K-5.

Total Project Size / Budget
15,000 Square Feet / $ 1.3 million