In 2014, student alumni Ray Figueroa represented his ninth-grade Ecology class at the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) ceremony where the Bronx Design and Construction Academy was awarded $100,000 for its planted roof - the first city-approved public green roof in New York City. The BDCA Green Science Club installed the green roof, where Figueroa had a chance to meet with His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, at the bejeweled Emirates Palace Hotel.
Led by our former science teacher Nathaniel Wight, BDCA students teamed up with Columbia University to determine whether it is feasible to combine energy-harvesting technology such as rooftop photovoltaic panels with a green roof planted with sedum and edibles. Their pioneering work and research has earned the humble vocational school one of the most prestigious green awards in the world.
The Bronx Design and Construction Academy is now actively working to carry out its tradition of environmental awareness by forging practices to help it become recognized as an Eco-School.