The city government will plant 113 different types of some 50,000 plants and trees at schoolyards, sports fields, sides of buildings, roofs, and walls at 30 elementary, middle, and high schools. Vines and winders will be planted at walls and windowsills, creating “green curtains” that will help mitigate summer heatwaves.
29 schools including Dosun High School in Seongdong-gu are part of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s project to create “Eco Schools” and Guro Middle School is the target of the collaboration with the Ministry of Environment on a joint project.
Seoul’s “Eco School” project, launched in 2013, has so far managed to create green spaces of some 260,000 square meters, equivalent to 36 soccer fields, at 374 schools as of 2020.
Some of these schools will also install play and activities areas in conjunction with the city’s project, allowing students to play and enjoy diverse activities next to green spaces at schools.
The city expects the project will increase green areas at schools, provide students with a practical environment education side by side with nature, and alleviate some of the harmful effects of fine dust pollution and heatwaves.
“The city will carry out various projects at 30 schools this year, including collaborations with related ministries, to protect students from fine dust and heatwaves,” said Choi Yoon Jong, Director-General of Green Seoul at the Seoul Metropolitan Government. “We hope that Eco Schools will allow students and residents to find respite from the protracted COVID-19 fatigue, invigorating and providing emotional stability to their lives.”