Why Teaching Inner City High School Students How To Build Sustainable Green Walls Changes Their Lives

– Posted in: Sustainable Gardening

Can you imagine what might happen when you take a group of high school students from a school in the Bronx and teach them the technology and how to build sustainable green walls?  One man, George Irwin, the founder of A Green Roof  did just that…and changed these students lives forever.



“The natural progression into education has allowed us to use the Mobile Edible Wall Unit (MEWU) as an educational tool. Celebrity teacher Steve Ritz (Discovery High School, Bronx NY) used the MEWU to improve attendance and achieve close to 100% passing regents scores. He credits the Edible Wall for engaging his students for bell to bell instruction. The MEWU is now available complete with a 90 page Unit Plan for instruction, including rubrics, assessments, and core cross over, which all adhere to the National Learning Standards. The family of Green Living Technologies is also the basis for the new High School diploma (2012) being written by George Irwin in collaboration with Jamie Cloud of Cloud Institute.

Read more about Green Living Technologies.

Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the recently published 10th Anniversary Edition of Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book".  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, and CBS Radio New correspondent.

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Marilyn Kircus June 11, 2012, 10:15 pm

This is a truly wonderful concept both for providing the technology to provide better nutrition at an affordable price in the urban deserts and to change the lives of young people.

Jan June 13, 2012, 5:48 pm

Sounds like a great program! Another fun way to excite kids about plants and nature is to grow a pet TickleMe Plant and watch it close its leaves and lower its branches when Tickled!

Fran June 15, 2012, 5:29 am

Hi Jan….It is something extraordinary. Fran