Developed by national environmental enterprise Greening Australia, Cooling the Schools will be implemented over three years and has three goals:
*The urban heat island effect occurs in large built-up areas as materials like concrete or bitumen retain heat and increase ambient temperatures.
Greening Australia’s Nature in Cities Director Paul Della Libera said the ‘Cooling the Schools’ program will establish native habitats and help cool urban areas.
“By working together with school kids across Greater Sydney to increase the tree canopy cover in their neighbourhoods, we can lower temperatures and create healthier communities for both people and wildlife. This is particularly important in urban areas given rising summer temperatures.
“Cooling the Schools is an opportunity for the next generation to learn about, and foster a deep connection, with their local environment.
“We will be partnering with Western Sydney University to identify and prioritise the communities with the lowest canopy cover and greatest vulnerability to the urban heat island effect.”
The Cooling the Schools project is part of Greening Australia’s Nature in Cities program and is supported by funding from the NSW Government under the Greening Our City initiative. For more information about this project, please feel free to send us an online query.