Through experiments conducted during the summer, students discovered that Lawrence is considered to be what is known as a heat island. This means the city absorbs more heat than other surrounding cities. The concentration of buildings and asphalt absorbs lots of heat due to their dark colors and thermal properties. The heat that is absorbed is trapped in the city, and it affects daily lives. Students decided that a solution for this problem is to increase the amount of greenspace by planting trees and community gardens. They worked with Groundwork Lawrence, The EPA and their Mayor’s office to identify locations trees could be planted and organized a day to plant the trees with community members.
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