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Green Roofs NYC

A team of Drexel civil and environmental engineers are studying ways to use rainwater as a resource rather than disposing of it as waste as part of a "Greenstreets" initiative with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Science Foundation. "Greenstreets" are specially engineered vegetated areas that can provide sustainable solutions for urban ecosystems.

Rather than conveying it in pipes to treatment plants and receiving water bodies, the team suggests that rainwater runoff can be recycled for non-potable building uses, become an irrigation supply for gardens and farms and infiltrated into the ground to enhance urban ecosystems.

The project, led by Dr. Franco Montalto, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, and a team of undergraduate and graduate students, are working on a number of projects across the urban Northeast and beyond. In Drexel's backyard, the team is working with organizations such as the Partnership Community Development Corporation and Urban Tree Connection to compare the quantity and quality of runoff from vegetated, "cool" (a term referring to roofs coated with reflective paints) and conventional roof surfaces.

Mustard Seed School

The Sacramento Graduate Student Association (SGSA) at Drexel's Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento supports the Mustard Seed School, a program associated with Loaves and Fishes that helps to educate homeless children. Through donations and fundraisers, the SGSA devotes its time and resources to the Mustard Seed School, which has helped more than 4,500 individual children since its opening in 1989.

Offering help to the Sacramento region is nothing new for Drexel's students. In 2010, the Board of Supervisors of Sacramento County adopted a resolution commending Drexel student leaders for their public service.

The SGSA leadership group is committed to performing one public service project each month. Drexel faculty and staff have participated in several other community initiatives in the Sacramento region, including: the Great American River Clean Up; a toy collection for the Department of Health and Human Services; and fundraisers for the Run to Feed the Hungry and the Komen Race for the Cure.