Josiah Quincy Elementary School
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Photo Courtesy of Plant ConnectionProject Name: Josiah Quincy Elementary School
Year: 2012
Owner: Josiah Quincy Elementary School
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Building Type: Educational
Type: Living Wall, Test/Research
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 80 sq.ft.
Slope: 100%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public
Submitted by: Plant Connection, Inc.

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Manufacturer & Grower: Plant Connection, Inc.
Green Wall System: G-O2 Living Walls, Plant Connection, Inc.
Planting Design: Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Installation: Recover Green Roofs, LLC
Maintenance: Recover Green Roofs, LLC
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Offering offering education from grade K1 to Grade 5, plus K0 for ELL students, the Josiah Quincy Elementary School's Mission Statement 約賽亞昆士小學宗旨 states: We seek to provide a challenging academic program that gives all students the means to meet high standards and achieve their best, to foster sound habits of mind and action, and to instill in our students such virtues as integrity, respect, and self discipline.

The Josiah Quincy Elementary School (JQES), located on Oak Street in Boston, has recently accomplished a schoolyard beautification project by installing a 20' x 4' G-O2 Living Wall.

The living wall greets students, parents, staff, and visitors at the school’s side entrance with a unique design of the letters “JQS” by Recover Green Roofs. Benches made from recycled material surround the living wall and allow visitors to enjoy a peaceful backdrop of perennial grasses and groundcovers hardy to the Boston area.
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The living wall will serve as the anchor for an environmental project to support earth science curriculum objectives for students. Recover and the JQES staff wanted to design an irrigation system that would promote student involvement. By connecting a funnel to the standard drip irrigation system on top of the panels, fourth grade students can water the green wall. They will also take photos to document the longitudinal growth and changes throughout the seasons, and learn to prune and maintain the wall from a horticulturist.

The JQES green wall has beautifully transformed the appearance of the site, softening the existing concrete and now welcoming visitors into the new space. The vertical garden is not the only “green” element the school has set forth. JQES also installed a rooftop garden, further demonstrating sustainability and green living for its students and local residents.

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Josiah Quincy Elementary School is located at 885 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111; 617.635.8497; visit their website. View Plant Connection’s G-O2 Living Wall e-Newsletter Living Wall Advances Earth Science Curriculum. View more project photos here. Learn about the following companies in The Greenroof & Greenwall Directory: Plant Connection, Inc. and Recover Green Roofs, LLC. For project inquiries contact: Anthony Caggiano, President of Plant Connection, Inc. at 1.888.78.PLANT; myplantconnection.com; or anthony@myplantconnection.com.
 
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