School cooling: Thousands of trees to be planted across Sydney | Liverpool City Champion

Carramar Public School on Thursday became the 50th school to complete its tree planting under the Cooling the Schools scheme, in partnership with the Department for Education and Greening Australia.

Over 36,000 trees and plants will be planted in 180 schools across Greater Sydney by the end of the year. Each school will receive approximately 150 trees and plants with students playing a hands-on role in planting them. So far, more than 7,500 trees are growing in primary and secondary schools across Greater Sydney under the scheme.

“A key objective of the program is to cool our primary and secondary schools where temperatures can soar to over 40 degrees in the summer, making it difficult for students to learn and play,” said Steve, executive director of the Urban Resilience and Sustainability from the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. said Hartley.

“Tree cover is our first line of defense against rising temperatures.

“We know they can make a huge difference to our lives by providing shade and reducing temperatures. They can reduce heat by at least one degree Celsius and reduce UV exposure by up to 75%.

“That’s why we are committed to increasing Greater Sydney’s tree canopy by 21-40% by 2036, with the NSW Government allocating $60 million through the Climate Change Fund over the next eight years.”

The Cooling our Schools scheme is part of the New South Wales Premier’s ‘Greening Our City’ priority, with the state on track to plant one million trees by the end of the year.

This story Cooling the Schools: Thousands of Trees to Plant in Sydney first appeared on Fairfield City Champion.

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