Kunshan, China

Kunshan, China. Credit: Stephen Velasco

Ginkgo (Ginkgo bilobai), one of the trees being planted in this project.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo bilobai), one of the trees being planted in this project. Credit: Jan Samanek, State Phytosanitary Administration, Bugwood.org

Kunshan, China

Key Activities:

  • Planting 146 jacaranda and gingko trees
  • Enhancing the environment of a local school and engaging its students in environmental protection and conservation
  • Improving air quality

Project Description:
Alcoa Foundation, American Forests and Kunshan Charity Foundation are planting a number of trees around Kunshan First High School to engage the students in environmental conservation and also improve the air quality of the Chinese city.

Why This Project:
Like much of China, Kunshan, a city in the Suzhou region, suffers from high levels of air pollution due to factory emissions and heavy traffic. By planting jacaranda and gingko trees around Kunshan First High School, this project will help provide needed greenspace for the students, as well as help clean the air. In addition, these trees will provide the students with relief during Kunshan’s extremely warm summers.

Why Kunshan First High School:
Research has shown that trees and greenspaces can have a major impact on the mental and physical well-being of students by helping reduce stress levels, increasing creativity, reducing symptoms of ADD and ADHD, improving school performance and being associated with lower body masses.

This project is also conducting two educational outreach events, which will involve the local students and community in the planting and maintenance of these trees, creating a new generation of forest stewards.

Interested in the other China reforestation projects in which we’ve been involved? Check out our China Global ReLeaf projects.