City schools to become climate havens

A municipal climate adaptation project has gained recognition from the European Commission as Urban Innovation Action and will receive a FEDER subsidy of four million euros. The plan should turn schools in climate havens with measures relating to water, greenery and renovation to counter the effects of the heat in summer.

11/10/2018 14:32 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The proposal entails an initial pilot scheme at ten schools and includes playground renovations to increase green space, water and energy efficiency. The idea is for the schools to be better-prepared to handle the summer heat.

The schools will also remain open through the summer, offering a comfortable recreational alternative for the general public.

The project helps protect one of the most vulnerable collectives, also one of those least responsible for the problems derived from climate change. It will be rolled out between 2019 and 2022.

Mitigating these effects is one of the main thrusts of the Barcelona Climate Plan, which has been recognised as the best initiative among European cities to combat climate change.

More sustainable schools

The European support for the climate shelter project was announced as part of the opening ceremony for the 2018-2019 school year by the Escoles + Sostenibles network. Now in its 18th year, the programme is incorporating ten new schools this year, making a total of 352.

The network promotes sustainability in the school environment, offering guidance and resources so that schools can develop innovative projects with environmental criteria. Project areas include waste prevention, boosting greenery, preserving biodiversity, water savings, the transformation of outdoor space and more.


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