Gina Argento is no stranger to being green.
In addition to creating the world's first solar-powered sound stage in North Brooklyn, Argento along with her brother Tony five years ago founded Systems, an environmentally friendly summer program for kids.
“We wanted an ideal positive way for kids to spend their summer” Argento said, noting that each year over 250 kids apply for the program.
They are then put through an interview process to determine who would be best for that year's curriculum. Just a dozen kids are chosen, and along with two alumni who are invited back to help out as counselors.
The program teaches kids about science and technology with an eco-conscious bent. This year’s summer workshop is focused on sustainability and techniques like rainwater collection, hydroponic farming and composting.
Some of these techniques are demonstrated on Broadway Stages rooftop farm at 44 Eagle Street in Greenpoint. The farm is open to the public every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and is always looking for volunteers.
“They’re learning a lot more than science and technology,” Argento said. “They’re learning how to manage a project start to end.”