The high school will soon be home to a new green roof, complete with vegetation, thanks to a grant that was awarded to the school district by the New York State Water Quality Improvement Program.
According to plant facilities administrator Fred Koelbel, the $206,250 grant will allow the district to construct the new 3,400-square-foot green roof atop an existing flat roof that sits over the boys’ locker room.
Not only will the new green roof be aesthetically, but it is also environmentally friendly and includes an educational component.
Environmentally, the green roof will be designed to use rainfall to water the vegetation that will be planted, preventing storm water runoff that normally flows into the Port Jefferson Harbor.
The project, which will require minimal maintenance once complete, will also allow for an Environmental Club monitoring project. The Environmental Club will be measuring the amount of rainfall absorbed by the foliage, as well as monitoring the temperatures of the classrooms that surround the roof, since the new green roof should keep those classrooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the spring and summer.
Mr. Koelbel said he hopes this project will a serve as an example of the green technology that is now available to reduce polluted runoff, improve water quality and restore the habitat of New York’s waterways.