The urban heat island is among the most important problems that affect the life and comfort of those living in Bucharest. The change in air quality can be attributed to the increasing number of vehicles and population growth. More information about the urban heat island and its impact can be found here.
The high numbers of concrete buildings built at the expense of green spaces contribute to the emergence of this phenomenon. Through such surfaces, the heat is isolated in the air of the city. Obviously, in addition to this heat, exhaust emissions from traffic, the cooling system used during summer, the energy consumption are also to be taken into consideration. Consequently, it comes as no surprise that in the summer, mainly in downtown areas, the temperature can be 10 degrees higher than in rural areas. During torrid days, the air in the city can be difficult to breathe. Green spaces represent protection zones, due to the fact that they ensure humidity in the air and also its purification, resulting thus lower temperatures during the summer.
Given these circumstances, the Zero CO2 Organization decided to launch the Plant Oxygen! project. This project is focused on two objectives: to determine a growth in the number of trees and to promote corporate social responsibility. We deem the involvement of the private sector in environmental protection to be essential since companies are also responsible in different degrees in generating greenhouse gases. Moreover, corporate volunteering can be considered an ideal opportunity for improving teamwork and is also a pleasant way of spending time outdoors. In this way, the employees will feel empowered by making a change in an environmental related cause in their city, while that particular company will be able in this manner to showcase commitment to improving the well-being of a community.
We have chosen Oxytree for the planting activities, because it is a fast-growing tree (reaching maturity in 6 years) and has large leaves, being thus adequate for the urban areas. The positive impact of Oxytree on the environment can be also underlined by its storing capacity of 117 gr Co2/year. More details about the Oxytree can be found here.