On June 4, 2015 Sustainable Long Island conducted a raingarden build at East Islip High School as part of the Reduce Rain Runoff program funded by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute.
This rainwater capture and stormwater management program implements conservation practices and emphasizes the importance of more wisely and carefully using Long Island’s natural resource of water.
Sustainable Long Island worked with East Islip Green Academy students to construct the raingarden at a central courtyard within the High School. The raingarden has been designed by students under the guidance of Rusty Schmidt – our raingarden consultant for the project.
The raingarden will be maintained by the incoming students into the Green Academy and will be used as a pilot for other easily implementable green infrastructure projects.
As an additional component of the grant, Sustainable Long Island implemented a community challenge with the East Islip Green Academy students that worked to design and build a raingarden on the school’s property. Each of the students was challenged with creating a PowerPoint presentation that emphasizes the positive impacts and benefits of green infrastructure, such as raingardens, rain barrels, green roofs, etc. in residential, educational, commercial, and public settings.
The presentations needed to have an educational focus, with an end goal of informing the greater community at large about implementable water quality and mitigation strategies. The students presented on June 10th to an evaluation committee that included representatives from Sustainable Long Island, Seatuck Environmental Association, and the School District Director of Science. The presentations were evaluated using the following criteria: appeals to all audiences, organization, visual creativity/innovation, educational content, and emphasizes benefits of green infrastructure. A winner and two runners up were selected as follows:
- Winner: Tom DiOrio – received an iPad Mini and a certificate of achievement
- Runner up: Jonathan Wilson – received a certificate of achievement
- Runner up: Steven Cinquemani – received a certificate of achievement
All of the Green Academy students gave excellent presentations that may be used for educational and outreach purposes with the local community moving forward.
Disclaimer: Funding provided by the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute through a grant from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Environmental Conservation.