Urban Tree Study
A new research venture leveraging faculty expertise at Medicine Hat College and supported by the Centre for Innovation. It aims to reduce both water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. We know that cities and urban areas have increased emissions and higher concentrations of trapped heat (known as the Urban Heat Island Effect). We want to reduce this phenomenon, and tailor the green spaces within our campus and the wider city to be self-sustaining and drought resistant.
“I am honoured to be a part of this brand-new research project, especially since it ties directly in with my studies here at Medicine Hat College. I originally chose my program (Sustainable Innovation) because it was unlike any other course I had seen before, and it combined my love of environmentalism with practical aspects such as design theory and corporate social responsibility. I am particularly interested in city design and how to make our urban areas more symbiotic with the natural world. This project would accomplish just that, and rather than simply saying a blanket statement of trees and greenery are nice features of a city, we can provide scientific research to the municipality and the public as to why these trees are beneficial from an economic standpoint as well.”
- Kate Zell, Student Communications Coordinator