Students and staff members at Greeley’s Frontier Academy have recently planted the roots of a truly green project. Atop the secondary school building, 6530 W. 16th Street, a “Green Roof” has been developed over the recent summer months. Frontier is the first Colorado school to have a Green Roof and the second in the whole nation.
Frontier Academy’s Green Roof will provide increasingly valuable benefits to the school and the community. Students will take part in horticultural experiences, sustainable nutritional education, environmental responsibility, and real world science and investigation, as they conduct research and experiments in agriculture, efficiency, and green technologies.
This project will produce oxygen and reduce carbon and gas emissions, and it will even help reduce Frontier Academy’s energy use by providing further insulation for the school’s roof.
Students will be growing many edible products such as cherry, plum, and pluot trees, cherry and blueberry shrubs, grape vines, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, as well as a large variety of flowers. In addition, they have created a recycled bottle greenhouse. The wonderful roof top will also be incorporated as relaxing outdoor teaching and study areas.
Interested in supporting Frontier Academy’s environmental awareness efforts? Visit www.frontieracademy.net/green-roof to donate to the cause.