“The Green Roof project at P.S./I.S. 217 will help the environment while giving our kids a vital opportunity to learn by doing. I’m thrilled to celebrate this funding today and proud to announce my office is committing $250,000 to this project as well,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “The project-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education made possible by facilities like this one promote a deeper, more enriching learning experience. At the same time, green roofs reduce the ‘urban heat island’ effect and improve our air quality – a win-win.”
"Congratulations to the students, parents, and friends of P.S./I.S. 217 for winning participatory budgeting funding to construct a green roof that will be a great educational boon for our children. I am deeply impressed by how actively the Roosevelt Island community mobilized and came together throughout the participatory budgeting process. The success of the green roof project was a product of incredible volunteerism by residents and community groups of all ages. Participatory budgeting is about actively engaging to improve the community around us. P.S./I.S. 217 and its supporters certainly did that," said Council Member Ben Kallos.
“The P.S./I.S. 217 green roof will be an exceptional resource for Roosevelt Island and all of the students who attend the school,” said Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright. “Once again, Roosevelt Island residents have demonstrated their remarkable ability to unite for the common good. Congratulations to P.S./I.S. 217 for this wonderful achievement.”