The Franklin County Highway Department will host two ribbon cutting ceremonies to mark the installation of living roof bus shelters in the month of June.
The shelters were designed by students in Paul Smith’s Professor Deb Naybor’s Environmental Studies and Sociology classes. They were purchased from MC Construction of Saranac Lake, NY. Franklin County is installing them at four pilot sites using funding from The Heart Network’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities (CHSC) program.
“We’re thrilled to be implementing aspects of our county’s Complete Streets Policy with the installation of these shelters,” said Franklin County Manager Donna Kissane. “We’re grateful to everyone who made this project happen, but especially the creative and talented students at Paul Smith’s College who found a way to merge public safety with environmentally friendly practices; we hope the public will join us in acknowledging their hard work.”
A living roof, or green roof, is partially or completely covered with vegetation and planted over a waterproof surface. These roofs promote insect life and act as pollinators, while simultaneously reducing greenhouse gasses.
The public is invited to attend one or both ceremonies: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Franklin County Courthouse in Malone, or 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Paul Smith’s College.
To learn more, contact Andrew Cassata at (518) 891-5855 ext. 4, or email@example.com.