Can better parks fight climate change" - Architecture Blogs

Can better parks fight climate change"



Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City. The new Climate Positive Design Challenge, an effort by landscape architects to design more sustainable projects, wants to create more green spaces that suck up carbon emissions. | Shutterstock

The Climate Positive Design Challenge aims to help landscape architects create green space with global implications Weeks of climate strikes and summits have shown a global appetite for more action to combat climate change. Now landscape architects believe that their profession?one intimately in touch with nature and the earth?can evolve its processes and procedures to better fight pollution, carbon emissions, and rising temperatures.
The Climate Positive Design Challenge, which launched earlier this week, seeks to empower landscape architects to design with the climate in mind by offering tools and resources to calculate a project?s potential environmental impact. The ambitious goal is for all landscape architecture projects created between now and 2030, such as new parks, corporate campuses, or playgrounds, to be designed in such as way that they sequester, or store, more carbon than they emit. Organizers estimate that over time, this effort would remove a gigaton of CO2 from the atmosphere by 2050. Over time, as projects become carbon neutral, their benefits continue to pay off. For instance, a new park that requires carbon emissions to move and plant trees will eventually become carbon neutral, and then the trees and plants in said...
Source: curbed
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