One of the few silver linings of the COVID-19 crisis has been improvements in air quality. Within two weeks of the lockdown, some cities reported that nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels fell by up to 60% on the same period last year.
As weeks have passed, the majority of people want to see cleaner air and greener environments remain. With lockdown now being gradually lifted, there is a determination not to lose gains made and even to introduce radical and permanent changes to our urban spaces.
In London for example, Mayor Sadiq Khan, has set out that the city’s ambitious new plans: “…will mean a fundamental reimagining [of] how we live our lives in this city.” Buildings will be expected to play a bigger role in protecting the environment so what practical steps can organisations take to be part of an economy that expects to grow back greener?
The good news is that the hard work and innovation needed to transform buildings so that they become healthier and biodiverse is now well understood.
As towns and cities adapt to climate change, World Green Roof Day will celebrate images of living roofs from around the world, and the contribution they make to improving air quality, thermal performance and biodiversity. They also provide much needed green spaces for residents and staff, boosting wellbeing.
At Valley Provincial, we have long championed living walls and living roofs and have developed specialist expertise to ensure companies and staff can benefit from urban greening.
We’ve also helped organisations create seating areas, walkways and cycle parking, making sure that people can fully benefit from outdoor space and travel to work or home by bike wherever possible.
As we all look forward to a better, cleaner future, you can rely on our team to create the perfect green solution whatever the space. It means that the environment and your organisation can prosper from growing back greener.