Hurricane Sandy brought devastation to New York in 2012, including the gallons upon gallons of dangerous sewage that was dumped into the Gowanus Canal, which had already been declared as toxic. Lynn Shon, a middle school teacher investigated the issues of water runoff and the forced disposal of waste into natural bodies of water.
The teacher let her students delve further into the issue by participating in a class project where they realized the harmful effects of sewage overflow. The intelligent group of students concluded that a “green” roof would use plants to soak up the rainwater before it could leak onto the streets and contribute to waste disposal into rivers and canals. This roof would create a positive protection plan for the canals and rivers in Brooklyn, diminishing its level of toxicity and having a positive impact on the environment overall.