Shade is a civic resource that should be shared by all.
Shade is an essential component of public health. It encourages people to walk and leave their car behind. Access to shade for the vulnerable in our society – children, outdoor workers, the elderly and the homeless – is critical, quite literally the difference between life and death.
Shade impacts the economic health of cities. Predictions estimate that daily temperatures will rise two-to-three degrees by 2050. Expanding shade-giving infrastructure is a tool that will help cities reduce thermal load by up to 50%.