Green my school | Clean air for urban schools with Mobilane Green Screens

4 July 2018

Improve roadside air quality with Mobilane Green Screens

Find out all you need to know about improving air quality around your city school. Quick jump to find out more:

Protect your school and pupils from roadside pollution

With the density of development and unprecedented traffic, London has some of the highest levels of pollution in the UK. Research and evidence is painting an increasingly stark picture of the effects that poor air quality can have on human health and increased numbers of people succumbing to cardiovascular and lung complaints.

The levels of the harmful pollutants nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and small particles (PM10) are at dangerous levels within the City. The Square Mile at the heart of the City has been designated as an “Air Quality Management area” since 2001 – this means it was felt unlikely that the City would achieve the national air quality objectives without further investment and action.

Air quality in the playground

There is no more important outdoor environment to protect from the dangerous toxins of traffic pollution than beyond the school perimeter. Working with a number of screen installers across the City, Mobilane are working tirelessly to supply 100s of metres of Green Screens as the first line of defence in the battle to improve air quality.

The Mayor’s Air Quality Fund

Launched in April 2013 by the then-Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund (MAQF) is providing grants from over 10 years from a £20 million fund to support new projects by London boroughs to improve air quality. Projects have been funded and completed so far with the same aim – to reduce emissions and pollution AND to prevent their ongoing damage to existing residents and visitors to the City.

The pollution-reducing power of Green Screens

Ongoing research shows that the Mobilane Green Screens, superior in plant density and construction than other green screen options, help remove PM10 particulate pollution – in some sample locations up to 60% of the particles were “cleansed” from the air behind the screens. The research continues to further validate these initial findings, but increasingly, the installation of Green Screens offers not only a secure and natural screening barrier for schools’ perimeters, but a valuable screening option to reduce the harsh effects of urban pollution from our schools and communities.

What is PM10?

Particle pollution, also called particulate matter or PM, is a mixture of solids and liquid droplets floating in the air. Some particles are released directly from a specific source, while others form in complicated chemical reactions in the atmosphere. Particles come in a wide range of sizes.

Particles less than or equal to 10 micrometers in diameter are so small that they can get into the lungs, potentially causing serious health problems. Ten micrometers is less than the width of a single human hair. Coarse dust particles (PM10) are 2.5 to 10 micrometers in diameter.

Find out more about our PM10 research>>

The Mayor’s Air Quality Audit

Today’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan has continued and developed the urgency in improving urban air quality with the The Mayor’s Air Quality Audit, launched last Autumn (September 2017). The first 50 air quality audits for primary schools in the worst-polluted areas in London have been conducted and measures identified to protect pupil’s health from the toxic air. One of the main recommendations was the improvement of “green infrastructure such as ‘barrier bushes’ along busy roads and in playgrounds to help to filter toxic fumes.” And there is no more effective, easy-to-install, low maintenance ‘barrier bush’ than a Mobilane Green Screen!

Schools leading the way

Prior Weston Primary School and Childrens’ Centre, Islington

The first school to be audited as part of the Mayor’s Air Quality Audit was Prior Weston Primary School in Islington. In direct response to the measures identified, this school now has 44 metres of playground protection in the form of Mobilane Green Screens, with advice, guidance and installation expertly provided by Meristem Design. Read more>>

St Helens Primary School, Lambeth

We were contacted by the London Borough of Lambeth and we put them it touch with The Plantman. Assessing the site, the school’s air quality aims and the best green solution for the client, the project took shape. The installation – 31 Mobilane Green Screens at 2.2 metres high, each section 1.2 metres wide – was delivered and brought to life at the end of May 2017. Read more>>

Goose Green Primary School, East Dulwich

A state-funded primary and nursery school in South East London leads the way in its battle against roadside pollution. Striving for improved air quality like many schools across the capital and country, the school has created “cleaner safer air” along its perimeter with the installation of Mobilane Green Screens, this time with funding from the Mayor’s Greener City Fund. Read more>>

St Peters, Victoria

Another Meristem Design Green My School green screen installation completes in high-pollution area, London’s Victoria . Read more>>

Your funding options

Act now if you are concerned about the levels of pollution and air quality at your school, in your playground or playing fields. You can apply for funding when the next grant window opens in June 2018. This need not be an administrative nightmare – we can guide you in how to gain a free Green Screens Audit where your green screen installer can check all your measurements and qualifying criteria and help you complete your application as part of your funding package.

CONTACT US TODAY and start your journey to cleaner, healthier air for you, your school and community. You can follow us on social media: Twitter @Mobilane, Instagram @Mobilaneglobal or Facebook MobilaneUK, and show your support for the campaign with the hashtag #greenmyschool.

Further Information Sources

Schools leading the way in improving air quality with Mobilane Green Screens.