Living infrastructure such as trees, wetlands and green spaces helps to build climate change resilience and keep our city cool as well as provide many other health and environmental benefits.
There are lots of ways that we can all help make our city cooler:
- Plant a tree in your garden.
- Include materials like grass, gravel, timber decking and soil in your outdoor areas and driveways to filter water and reduce urban heat.
- Avoid dark coloured roofs, and excessive use of materials such as concrete, as they can absorb heat, making your home and surrounds hotter.
- Choose suitable garden plants from the ACT Government's Canberra Plant Selector Tool.
- Consider green walls and roof garden options when designing or retrofitting your home or business.
- When designing a new home or building development, protect existing trees on your site as well as any surrounding properties and public areas.
- Incorporate water features to help the air around your home and provide a cool spot for birds and bees.
- Join an Urban Open Space Volunteer Group or create your own.
- Organise a neighbourhood Living Infrastructure working bee.
Did you know?
Canberra currently has about 21.5% canopy cover and contains about 1.5 million trees on both public and private land.
Trees are not just good for providing shade and cooling our city, they are also good for our mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Trees have various benefits, including reducing air pollution and stormwater runoff, which is valuable to our local environment.