Bus Stop Green Roofs Win Greenovate Boston Award

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (second from left) presented a Greenovate Boston Award to Michael Chavez, Fairmount/Indigo Line Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow; Matt Thall, Fairmount/Indigo Corridor-wide Advisory Group; and Trevor Smith, Land Escapes Design, Inc.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (second from left) presented a Greenovate Boston Award to Michael Chavez, Fairmount/Indigo Line Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow; Matt Thall, Fairmount/Indigo Corridor-wide Advisory Group; and Trevor Smith, Land Escapes Design, Inc.

Green roofs installed on several Boston bus shelters received a Greenovate Boston Award at the Greenovate Boston Community Summit held at Northeastern University on June 6, 2015. Funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant, the project partnered Fairmount/Indigo Line Community Development Corporation Collaborative and Trevor Smith’s Land Escapes Design Inc. Trevor is the current president of ELA’s Board of Directors.

The Greenovate Award recognizes outstanding efforts by local leaders to help the city reach its climate goals. The green roof project is designed to conserve water resources, improve air quality, reduce the heat-island effect, and create green jobs.

A YouthBuild Boston trainee waters in a green roof installed on one of Boston’s bus shelters after installation by a team of volunteers from YouthBuild and the Hyde Park Green Team led by Trevor Smith, foreground.

A YouthBuild Boston trainee waters in a green roof installed on one of Boston’s bus shelters after installation by a team of volunteers from YouthBuild and the Hyde Park Green Team led by Trevor Smith, foreground.

During Summer 2014, Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC and Trevor equipped four Boston shelters with green roofs. This spring they installed four new green roofs, two in Hyde Park and two more near the Uphams Corner Station of the Fairmount Commuter Rail Line. Youth from YouthBuild Boston and the Hyde Park Green Team planted the roofs with sedum and native plant species under Smith’s direction and have been trained to maintain the roofs. Since receiving the Greenovate Award, the group installed one more green roof in East Boston.

YouthBuild Boston trainees install sedum mats on the roof of a bus shelter in Hyde Park.

YouthBuild Boston trainees install sedum mats on the roof of a bus shelter in Hyde Park.