Green Spaces are Important
Green spaces consist of lawns and gardens at our homes, parks and sports fields, golf courses, botanical gardens and can be both managed and unmanaged. There are many advantages to having and creating green spaces.
Green spaces benefit our environment. They filter pollutants and dust from the air, provide shade and lower temperatures in urban areas, and reduce erosion of soils and contamination of our waterways. They increase oxygen, act as carbon sinks, decrease pollution, improve indoor air quality, and attract wildlife and other natural attractions.
Imagine your local park completely devoid of green — not a pretty picture! We tend to take for granted the role that green spaces play in our lives. Research has shown that green spaces foster improved mental and physical health and well-being, promote quicker recovery for hospital patients and those in long-term facilities and can promote decreased aggression and violence.
Green spaces benefit our economy. They conserve energy by providing shade, windbreaks and cooling effects. Landscaping has been shown to increase property values for homeowners and to be a wise investment for all levels of government. The results are soil stabilization and reduced run-off from open spaces, reduced maintenance for open spaces, increased public safety and greater appeal to tourists.
> The impact of ornamental horticulture on Canada’s economy – An economic and environmental impact assessment of the Canadian ornamental horticulture sector of production agriculture
Environmental studies: the schools being powered by nature
Children learn better when the outdoors comes into the classroom – and the benefits extend beyond academic achievement. Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK’s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school’s design doesn’t just help project the environment, it also uses nature to improve children’s academic performance and behaviour.
Benefits of Green Spaces
A report by the George Morris Centre on the benefits of ornamental horticulture. Available in both English and French, it is a comprehensive review of scientific publications and studies on how urban green spaces provide environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits.
Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Alliance of organizations that share a common vision for a healthy, green Ontario where the economic, social, environmental and health benefits of green infrastructure are fully realized
A learning community where scientists provide online mentorship to student teams as they design and think through their own inquiry projects. Engaging in the science process and becoming familiar with science practices enhances science learning.
Significant Green Impact
How green is Canada’s green industry, in terms of dollars? Until recently, the answer would include quite a bit of guesstimation; the sources and resources needed to formulate this important number had never come together. An economic impact study changes the picture.