ASF green roofs fulfill the School's mission by encouraging students to love learning, live purposefully and become responsible, contributing citizens of the world.
ASF Green Roofs Educational Centers
ASF green roofs are found on top of the Ángeles Espinosa Yglesias Fine Arts Center (FAC) and of the Jenkins Wellness Center (WEC). Both were designed to increase the green surface area of our School, to cool and keep the temperature stable in the buildings below, reduce noise and erosion by rain, attract wildlife and make our campus more naturally attractive and become special zones for learning, reflexion and relaxation.
Both green roofs cover an area of 1400 m2 and display about 50 species of succulent plants, all are native to Mexico and some are only found in the natural "Pedregal de San Ángel" reserve.
The green roof on top of the Fine Arts Center was designed to include historical, medicinal, cultural and endangered succulents. Among our plants you can find:
the nopal species found in the Mexican Flag holding the golden eagle
the nopal that produces "edible tunas" and "nopalitos"
the agave from which tequila is extracted
the largest species of echeveria, called "gigantea" which resembles a large rose
the "golden ball" cactus which is and endangered species due to its extraction to make "acitron", the candy we all eat on the "rosca de Reyes"
In this site you can find information about each species, click on the subpages to find information of our plant families. You will find important information about each plant such as: common, scientific and náhuatl names, taxonomic classification, natural distribution, status, interesting facts, etc.
All pictures on the homepage were taken by Álvar Martínez. They are pictures from the Green Roofs at ASF.