Video: Medellín Green Corridors Project
Medellín Green Corridors Project is a Seven for 7 honoree, Sustainable Energy for All's recognition for global leaders in the sustainable energy movement. It is also a winner of the 2019 Ashden Award for Cooling by Nature.
After enduring years of high crime and violence, Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city (population: 2.5 million) faces a new threat – rising urban temperatures, driven by climate change. The city's response has been to bring people together to plant vegetation and create a better environment for everyone.
The Green Corridors project provides shade for cyclists and pedestrians, cool built-up areas and improved air quality along busy roads. The city's botanical gardens train people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become city gardeners and planting technicians.