What is green space?

This little tidbit of information is part of a “5 Amazing Green Cities” list. I was drawn to it for its conciseveness.

People ask me how I came up with the name of my blog – which launched at about the time my husband and I put in our offer on our current home in the Built Green Certified Community of High Point in West Seattle. Almost every block has a pocket park and the community is adjacent to a greenbelt. My particular home is across the street from a pocket park on one side and the greenbelt on the other and although the neighborhood is very dense it does not feel that way because of the thoughtfully planned green space.

I specialize in new green homes in addition to traditional homes that can be greened through an energy retrofit and thoughtful design of the available space on the remainder of the lot. I also thrive on learning about healthy living options and green living trends and new products. And I love sharing what I’ve learned. THAT is where the name of my blog came from.

And here is an explanation of green spaces…

What is “Green” Space?
“Going green” can mean literally just that — turning your community green with foliage. And green space is exactly what it sounds like: It’s the amount of open space reserved for plants and trees, gardens, parks and nature preserves. Green space improves air quality, cuts pollution levels and energy costs, and adds to the aesthetic of the city.

Some cities are finding innovative ways to include green space in their urban landscape. In 2000, the city of Chicago planted a garden in place of the black tar roofing on a city government building. Green roofing offers similar benefits to gardens and parks at ground level by helping to reduce urban heat islands. Green rooftops also add a layer of insulation to the building, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, reducing the building’s energy costs.

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