|Project name||„GRESCHO – Green schools for greener future minds“|
|Priority||Natural and cultural resources|
|Aim||Cities throughout the EU, especially those on the Mediterranean coast, are facing the appearance of so called "Thermal islands" and represent urban areas where the air quality standards are exceeded. For example, in City of Split, city with almost 180.000 citizens and Mediterranean climate, due to the denser construction, roadways, materials used for construction that accumulate heat (asphalt, concrete, brick etc.), greater air pollution and a particularly lack of green surface, temperatures are 6 - 10°C higher than in the surrounding area, and climatic changes make this difference more potent. As the urban areas, with buildings as the largest energy consumers, spread to surrounding vegetation, cities lose a large part of the green areas that affect the evapotranspiration and thermal features of the wider urban area. So, in order to reduce environmental and economic pressures and make the functional urban areas more “liveable places”, in addition to the standard energy efficiency measures in architectural practice in recent years the concept of "greening" is increasingly being implemented. With this in mind, the aim of this pilot project is to implement urban green infrastructure solutions on educational buildings, primarily elementary and secondary schools in Split-Dalmatia County. Green infrastructure solutions in this case would involve establishment of green facades and/or vertical gardens as well as green roofs which would include implementation of solar collectors. As for the plants that would be used for the establishment of green infrastructure, preference is going be given to indigenous species, in particular those protected and/or endangered by national legislation and/or those which are listed on the list of priority species in the EU Habitats Directive. The plants would, for these purposes, be especially cultivated in plant nurseries.
Beside obvious economic, environmental and physiological benefits (improved air quality, biodiversity & habitat, acoustic buffering, increased thermal insulation, storm water mitigation, reduce heat-island effect, building profile beautification etc.), this project would also: 1. Contribute to reduce air pollution and mitigate the occurrence of "Thermal islands" in urban areas of Split-Dalmatia County, especially in the environment of educational institutions; 2. Contribute to increase the share of use of renewable energy sources; 3. Contribute to raising the awareness of the school population in terms of development and promotion of future "green thinking"; 4. Actively help and promote the protection of endangered and protected species and habitats; and 5. Establish the basis for the future development of green infrastructure in the urban areas of Split-Dalmatia County.
|Results||1. Selection of the pilot areas (schools which will be used as pilot buildings) giving priority to those which have a possibility to establish green roofs with solar collectors
2. Analysis and selection of the most suitable indigenous endangered and protected species which would be used for establishment of the green walls and roofs
3. Cultivation of the selected plants in the plant nurseries
4. Establishment of the green walls and green roofs with solar collectors on selected pilot buildings
|Partners involved||At the moment: Regional Development Agency of Split-Dalmatia County|
|Partners requested||We are looking in particular for partners from central European countries that would implement this project idea in their urban areas.|
|Innovation||When selecting the plants that would be used for the establishment of green infrastructure, preference should be given to indigenous species, in particular those protected and/or endangered by national legislation or those which are listed on the list of priority species in the EU Habitats Directive. The plants would, for these purposes, be especially cultivated in plant nurseries.|
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