Environment

ISEP fights plastic pollution and is granted LIPOR’s “Coração Verde” certification

It’s been a year now that the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) decided to put a stop to the process of selling 33 cl water plastic bottles within its premises. This was but step one to Porto Engineering Institute to initiate its path toward sustainability. This effort was acknowledged by Porto City Hall, municipal company Porto Ambiente and LIPOR, with the granting of the award “Coração Verde” [“Green Heart”, free translation].

Porto, the city of the camellias, inspires amazing artwork

The camellia is the flower of Porto; it was brought from England in the beginning of the nineteenth century and now it wins its place in the city’s street artwork, namely in a mural in Rua Antero de Quental and in an art installation that invites passervbys to share the collective memory of the quintessential flower of the Invicta. Porto City Hall invited urban artist Third and the architect duo FAHR021.3 to pay a tribute to the camellia. This is what they did.

Asprela Park strengthens ecological infrastructure and drainage systems in Porto

The Parque Central da Asprela features a unique combination of circa 650 new trees and bushes planted and 10 thousand cubic meters of increased water retention capacity, alongside two open air water streams. Asprela Park began to be built in July 2020 and the estimate conclusion deadline is the first quarter of 2022. The project is led by the Municipality of Porto in an investment of 1.64 million euros.

The Gardens of Campo Alegre were brought to life with a new collection of plants and trees

The new Parque Botânico of Campo Alegre encompasses an area of circa 13 hectares, as it currently incorporates the gardens of the faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) and the garden of the Primo Madeira house and the Jardim Botânico of the University of Porto, as well. This new project was coordinated by FCUP, under the scientific guidance of Paulo Farinha Marques, director of the Jardim Botânico do Porto and professor at FCUP.

Porto will establish a Living Lab to create a greener ecosystem in the city

The “Asprela + Sustentável” project will lead to the first renewable energy community in the region and the goal of zero carbon emissions.

If you have a garden or a yard, Porto City Hall has a tree or a bush for you!

Spring is here and what better time of year to enter the initiative “If you have a garden, we have a tree for you" programme, sponsored by Porto City Hall? Applications open on 26th March and run till 30th April. Prepare your spades!

Valuing Water: World Water Day is celebrated in Porto

Porto celebrates the importance of water in digital platforms, with activities such as games, workshops and sustainability suggestions. The initiative is jointly organised by the Water Pavilion and Turismo do Porto e Norte de Portugal.

Camellias are a force of nature in Porto

This exotic botanical species can be enjoyed in many places throughout the city of Porto, including Porto Botanical Garden, Serralves Park, Gardens of Palácio de Cristal and Quinta Villar d'Allen. During lockdown, really one of the best ways to admire this queen flower is by watching the video that Porto City Hall Environment Department prepared for you.

Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management grants Porto A scores according the Carbon Disclosure Project

Porto received the highest rating for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while building resilience to the impacts of climate change. Alongside other members of the A List regarding environmental action, which features 88 cities worldwide, Porto is setting an example as a resilient, engaged city that safeguards its citizens, its economy and, ultimately, the planet. The CDP Europe Awards 2021 were held in an online format on 2nd March, under the motto #BuildForwardBetter.

Tulip joyful colourways onto gardens and squares all across Porto

The city of Porto is bursting with colour: 93 thousand tulips spray the city with good vibes and announce that spring is on the way. Gardens, squares and flowerbeds scattered all across town deliver a masterclass in magicked backdrop to one of the most resilient cities ever: the Invicta.