Gowanus Blue Schools Design Challenge

Thank you to everyone who supported our fourth annual Gowanus Blue Schools Design Challenge! Stay tuned for more innovative ideas at our next challenge!

M.S. 88, M.S. 447, and Brooklyn Collaborative Studies partnered with GCC four years ago to develop the Gowanus Blue Schools program. Middle school students propose green infrastructure designs for their school campuses that can meet community needs, provide ecological benefits, and contribute to healthier waterways in New York City. Using digital design and model building tools, students create green infrastructure design proposals for their schools to reduce stormwater runoff, urban heat island effect, and absorb increased precipitation.

The Gowanus Blue Schools Program is sponsored by Con Edison. Funding for this project was provided from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund as administered by a grant from the New York State DEC Environmental Justice Community Impact grant program.

The Gowanus Blue Schools green infrastructure design curriculum is available free to any educator. To receive the curriculum, please fill out this quick survey.

This curriculum includes the following 10 missions:

  1. Site Analysis
  2. Stormwater Analysis
  3. Analyze + Brainstorm
  4. Define your Program
  5. Schematic Design
  6. Design Development
  7. Improve Your Design
  8. Design Refinement
  9. Final Design
  10. Get Ready To Present  

Watch the video to learn more!

Funders

Con Edison

National Grid 

Funding for this project was provided from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund as administered by a grant from the New York State DEC Environmental Justice Community Impact grant program.