WHY ARE GARDENS CRITICAL IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS?
HOW DO THEY IMPACT SUSTAINABILITY AND THE SUCCESS OF HUMAN-MADE HABITATS?
· Reduces pollution and improves air quality: stores and soaks carbon and carbon dioxide, filters the air, and produces oxygen.
· Improves water quality and reduces flooding, by absorbing and filtering water, reducing the load on our sewage systems, and improving the quality of the water that ends up in our natural water systems.
· Reduces energy consumption and the “heat island effect” as it has a cooling effect, reduces heat reflection and absorption typical of urban environments, insulates buildings, reducing the need for energy use, and pollution producing heating and cooling systems.
· Improves mental health and well-being.
· Boosts property value.
· Produces food.