Groundwork London, with support from Great Portland Estates plc (GPE), has launched an Air Quality Toolkit for Schools to address air quality issues in schools through urban infrastructure.
This toolkit is for teachers and staff considering using green infrastructure to improve their school surroundings and to support overall air quality improvement initiatives. The toolkit provides an understanding of the major air quality issues faced by schools, gives an outline of how green infrastructure can be used in schools, and provides specific information about the best types of green infrastructure which can potentially reduce the impacts of air pollution on children’s health and wellbeing.
As part of their three-year commitment to charity partner, Groundwork London, GPE support their work to address some of London’s key social and environmental challenges. This is part of GPE’s core business values to create long-term, sustainable relationships with central London communities.
This year, as part of the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund, a new type of grant is available to support greening projects in schools that help protect students from air pollution. On the 31st January 2019, it was announced that 31 schools have been awarded this.
Marner Primary School, Tower Hamlets, and Oliver Goldsmith Primary School, Southwark have received funding from Greener City Fund, as well as match funding from GPE to combat the high levels of air pollution surrounding the schools.
Results from the GLA’s Air Quality Audit confirmed that both schools experience dangerous levels of pollution from nearby traffic congestion. GLA and GPE funding will help the schools to implement a range of green interventions to help reduce the levels of pollutants entering the playground, thus making the playground a safer place for children to play.
Groundwork London is excited to be working closely with GPE to help educate the next generation about air pollution and its effects, as well as regenerating London’s communities by improving their environment and encouraging greener living.