The Greenhouse Project: 100 Labs by 2020

The greenhouse project was started in 2008 by a small group of public school parents and educators, inspired by New York Sun Works Science Barge.

They realized that sustainable Urban farms on school rooftops could serve as ideal hands-on learning facilities, not only to teach about food and nutrition, but to empower our children to make educated choices regarding their impact on the environment.

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The Greenhouse Project is dedicated to improving K through 12 grade Environmental Science Education in urban schools through a hands-on integrated curriculum and professional development.

A Greenhouse Project laboratory is typically built as a traditional greenhouse to accommodate a hydroponic urban farm and environmental science laboratory.

Grade school children will grow food, while learning hands-on about nutrition, water resource management, efficient land use, climate change, biodiversity, conservation, contamination, pollution, waste management, and sustainable development. To facilitate this hands-on learning environment, the Greenhouse Project laboratory will also include solar panels, hydroponic growing systems, a rainwater catchment system, a weather station and a vermicomposting station.

The laboratory operates as an integrated part of the school’s curricula and prepares children to exceed NYC’s science standards.

In addition to enhancing a school’s science curriculum, the greenhouse laboratory greatly enriches arts and social studies by connecting nature to culture. Students learn the relationship between humans and the environment and gain a greater appreciation of sustainable development and its direct relationship to cultural diversity.

An adapted version of the project’s curriculum is being developed for motor impaired learners and will be implemented at pilot site, The Sun Works Center at PS333