Bus Roots Brings Bus-Top Gardens to the Big Apple

Oct 6, 2010· 0 MIN READ
Salvatore Cardoni holds a political science degree from the George Washington University. He's written about all things environment since 2007.
Who's ready to ride the 'Bio Bus'? (Photo: Bus Roots)

Here’s a fad we hope catches on like wildflowers (pun absolutely intended)—bustop gardens.

Are you ready for the top-secret formula?

It's so mind-blowingly-Inception-complicated, that if you need to read the brief a few times for comprehension, we promise not to cast aspersions.

Here goes:

You take a bus. And you grow a garden on its roof.

Bus + Garden = Bustop Garden. (Photo: Bus Roots)

Born in a New York University dorm room, the Bus Roots idea is the brainchild of artist and student Marco Castro Cosio.

Treehugger is reporting that Castro Cosio began Bus Roots as a way to "...reclaim forgotten space, increase quality of life and grow the amount of green spaces."

Castro Cosio's first prototype, The Bio Bus, is a mobile science lab that visits schools to give kids a little eco-education.

The Bio Bus's green expanse covers 15 square feet of the roof, weighs 225 pounds and has been to Long Island, the Bronx, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Castro Cosio elaborates on the Bus Roots concept to Treehugger:

"If we grew a garden on the roof of every one of the 4,500 buses in the MTA bus fleet, we would have 35 acres of new rolling green space in the city." This is roughly equivalent to four Bryant Parks.