Many schoolyards are underutilized spaces and have much more to offer our children through natural experiences, learning, and revitalization. Phoenix City staff, Arizona State University (ASU) researchers, and school leaders started a green infrastructure project by planting “vegetative barriers”—otherwise known as trees and shrubs—at a childcare center and K-8 school in South Phoenix. The goal was to reduce exposures to traffic-related air pollution, toxics, and other ambient hazards like extreme heat.
Mayors Innovation Project & Healthy Babies Bright Futures. Phoenix Plants Hedges to Reduce Kids’ Exposure to Pollution. 2021.