The new roof on Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School is for the birds. And the bees and butterflies.
The roof is made up of several rows of black planters, filled with a few inches of soil from which low-growing plants sprout. The school has added a raised beds, which will be used to grow vegetables.
Environmentalists see such “green roofs” as a new tool to combat pollution and save energy. The installation on a portion of the Mott Haven high school makes Alfred E. Smith the first public school in the city to have one.