Tērbatas Street in Rīga to get 'green infrastructure'

In Rīga, Tērbatas Street, it is planned to install and try out green infrastructure solutions – covering walls and roofs with various plants, as well as setting up rain gardens to allow people to cool off during the hot summer days, Latvian Television reported on June 25.

Rīga City Council has started to assess how to adapt the city to climate change. Tērbatas Street is one of the busiest streets, but it lacks trees, plants, and other green elements that would allow city residents to cool off on hot summer days. It is therefore planned that the street and buildings will be greened in the coming years.

During the hot summer days, in central Rīga, including Tērbatas Street, air temperature is often even ten degrees higher than in the rest of Rīga.

“The gray [concrete] surface collects energy and forms a heat effect, but the building cools off when it is greened. Let us work with local government properties and we have hope that these solutions will interest others,” said head of the Life LATESTadapt project Kristaps Zēlavs.

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