schools and institutions

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), DC Greenworks designs and installs green roofs, rain gardens, cisterns and other stormwater management technologies at schools serving the diverse Capitol Hill community.  “A Capitol Idea: Greener Schools, Cleaner Rivers”, NFWF‘s first round of funding, focused on Brent, Maury, Peabody, Tyler, and Watkins Elementary Schools, along with St. Peter School and Stuart Hobson Middle School; “Greener Schools, Cleaner Rivers II” will extend the programming to Eastern High School and Eliot-Hine Middle School.  For more about this NFWF Small Watershed grant awarded to DCG in August of 2012, read the press release.

DC Greenworks believes that the younger generations are key to the acceptance of the emerging green infrastructure economy. We enjoy our many relationships with schools and institutions in the DC Metro area, and are always looking for more.  Below is a list of past work that we have done throughout the city; if you are a student, teacher or parent considering a classroom program or campus project and would like a partner, please contact

We are constantly applying for new grants to support these projects, but we accept donations from individuals as well.

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past projects

Take a look at more of our school projects in our portfolio!

American University (NW, DC)

DC Greenworks is proud of our relationship with the university.  In the past two years we have designed and built four (4) green roofs on campus buildings.  Two at-grade green roofs are visible at the Kogod School of Business.  The Mary Graydon Center and Ward Circle Building have modular green roofs systems approaching 10,000 square feet each.

In April 2010, DC Greenworks developed and presented a 20 hour Skills Course in Low Impact Development (LID) to Masters’ candidates, including a green roof charrette.

Stanton Elementary School (SE, DC)

In a partnership with People Animals Love (PAL), DC Greenworksdesigned and constructed a native habitat garden to attract a wide range of fauna; pollinators, birds and small mammals, for the children to observe and become familiar with more of the natural world.

Ludlow Taylor Elementary School (NE, DC)

A grant through the DC Environmental Education Fund and funding provided by the Embassy of Jordan transformed a neglected courtyard into a sought after outdoor classroom with native plantings, raised beds filled with vegetables, and a cistern collecting rainwater for irrigation.

Takoma Children’s School (NW, DC)

DC Greenworks added a free-standing rain barrel with Rain Saucer collector for an on-site source of water for the school’s vegetable and flower gardens.

McKinley Tech High School (NE, DC)

DC Greenworks advised the senior engineering design class in Low Impact Development techniques, examining structural requirements  to accommodate green roofs for historic rowhouses, and site specific stormwater management best practices for the school.


DC Greenworks is partnered with ‘Top Chef’ Spike Mendelsohn, owner of Good Stuff Eatery and We, the Pizza on Capitol Hill to bring local nutritious food to KIPP at two of their campuses.  At the Benning Road Campus (SE, DC), we filled planters with fruits, vegetables and herbs on their rooftop terrace.  At the Shaw Campus (NW, DC), we constructed planter beds with planting scheduled for Spring 2012. 

City Center Public Charter Schools (CCPS) – Capitol Hill Campus (SE, DC)

DC Greenworks partnered with teachers to build a vegetable and herb garden with the students planting seedlings they sprouted in the classroom.

Capital City Public Charter Schools – Upper School Campus (NW, DC)

DC Greenworks led several science classes in green infrastructure technologies with the students assembling a green roof model.  


DC Greenworks is a member of the District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium (DCEEC). The DCEEC is a network of organizations who are working to increase environmental knowledge and awareness in students, teachers and adults within the District. If you would like to find our more information about the DCEEC, you can visit the website.