Somewhat like a Chia pet, the new conservation learning center for the Erie Soil & Water District has a roof that grows.
Students from Perkins High School's Problem-Based Service-Learning class worked with the district's Crystal Dymond and Erie County Solid Waste Management District's Lisa Beursken to create a sustainable "green" roof for one side of the learning center. The other side of the roof has solar panels. The center will be used to teach kids the importance of conservation and green energy. Rain barrels are also going to be installed soon to complete the project.
A metal frame was installed and flats of sedum were installed to reduce the runoff when it rains and provide a cooler surface during warm, sunny days.
The Erie Soil & Water District is looking for a name for their new center and you can help by giving suggestions in the comments below or e-mail Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org .