Green tramway stops featuring green walls and green roofs have gone on trial in Amsterdam – the first rainproof shelters in the Netherlands.
The newly designed stops, which have their own irrigation system that works on rainwater, automatically waters the plants. While a pump cellar in the ground stores and collects rainwater, the rainwater is then used to fully automatically water the plants in the wall.
The green roofs collect rainwater that can be reused in periods of heat when rain is scarce and provide cooling. Also, the green roofs attract all kinds of insects, such as butterflies and bees, which increases the biodiversity in the Dutch capital, according to Amsterdam city authorities.
The green stops on Weteringcircuit and Marnixplein, a collaboration between the municipality of Amsterdam and JCDecaux, will be trialled over the course of a year. If the experiment is successful, the green shelters could be rolled out at various other tramway stops across the city.
Last summer, the Netherlands city of Utrecht transformed 300 bus tops into a plant haven for bees. The initiative is part of a wider effort to help purify the air in the Netherlands, where bad air quality is one of the leading causes of diseases – second only to smoking.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com