If Marco Castro had his way, every moving vehicle in New York City would be a mobile garden. A graduate student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he believes that the more green, growing things that surround New Yorkers, the happy and healthier they’ll be.
While living rooftops have been around for years, there are plenty of surprising new efforts around the city, such as the Brooklyn Grange Farm. The organization’s owners hope to make an economically profitable farm on Brooklyn’s rooftops.
But Castro’s project, which he calls “Bus Roots,” may just be the first mobile living roof in the city. The on-the-go greens could help reduce pollution, make cities cooler, provide habitats for wayward urban animals, and spark environmental learning for kids. He hopes to bring his first prototype to the BioBus, a mobile biology laboratory that spreads science to schools all over the city. His dream is to bring Bus Roots to the New York transit system.
Maybe in the faraway future, people will be able to grow their own biofuel on long cross-country trips. In the meantime, seeing a bus with grass on it would be pretty awesome.