Replacing black asphalt and shingles with plants can lower the surrounding air temperature, filter dirty storm water and reduce a building’s energy use.
If climate change is down to cities, then it is the role of national governments to enable them to act: they need the policy and investment power.
A total of 983 jurisdictions stretching from Poland to the Philippines have now declared a climate emergency. However, a major question remains open in all cases: once declared, whose role it is to act?
Research shows how indoor and outdoor green spaces improve our well-being.
New research has found a strong link between proximity to urban green spaces and mental wellbeing in city residents.
One of the most important things about green infrastructure is that it is multi-functional, and this makes green infrastructure particularly good at providing resilience.
NYC - CLIMATE MOBILISATION ACT
As part of the CMA passed as legeslation in April 2019, NYC will double the installation of rain gardens as it embarkes on dealing with urban flooding in Lower Manhatten.
The world stands on the brink of failure when it comes to holding global warming to moderate levels, and nations will need to take “unprecedented” actions to cut their carbon emissions over the next decade, according to a landmark report by the top scientific body studying climate change.
One of the best ways to promote environmental sustainability is to incorporate natural elements into a building design. This makes the building more energy efficient, because it can purify air and perform other functions with vegetation, rather than machines that suck energy.