Green streets and parklands provide much more than a pleasant environment to live in. By cooling urban areas they contribute to the economy, improve biodiversity and promote the health and wellbeing of the community.
Green Adelaide’s goal is to increase tree canopy cover and generate the green spaces our communities and wildlife need.
With an increasing number of people living in apartments or houses with small or no back yards, green streets and healthy parklands will become more important in reducing urban heat build-up, providing an essential wildlife habitat and offering places for recreation.
Urban heat mapping has identified hot spots or “heat islands” in the metropolitan area. These areas generally have fewer green spaces, trees, shrubs and grass and can be up to 3-4°C hotter on sunny days. And an increase in roofs, roads and other impermeable surfaces in residential developments puts neighbourhoods at greater risk of flooding as rain and stormwater are less easily absorbed.
It is vital that Green Adelaide’s water sensitive urban design and green streets and flourishing parklands key priorities are strongly linked and, in partnership with local government, embedded into planning and development at every scale. Green Adelaide will work to influence new building designs to support an urban landscape with tree canopy cover and biodiversity habitat.
It will partner with local government to build on existing urban heat island mapping and produce a map of Adelaide that identifies priority areas for greening, green infrastructure and water sensitive urban design action. It will also fund and provide grants to local government to deliver greening outcomes in public spaces, including through the Greener Neighbourhoods grant program.