Postsecondary institutions across Canada are completing projects focused on the benefits of green spaces and gardens in urban areas. A McGill pilot project is researching how green spaces can cool urban spaces to combat the urban heat island effect. Researchers are measuring temperatures outside the city and downtown, and will use this data to push for more green spaces inside the city. Students from Conestoga College’s Bachelor of Applied Technology – Architecture – Project and Facility Management program designed urban pocket parkettes and hope to create the parks to enhance the campus experience. University of British Columbia student Alexandra Thomas is leading a project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside which uses Indigenous ecological knowledge to reconnect people to nature and mitigate the heat island effect through increasing access to community garden spaces. CBC (McGill)| Conestoga| Global News (UBC) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.