Coolschools Survey | ENGLISH

COOLSCHOOLS (March 2022-February 2025) is a transdisciplinary research project examining the potential of “nature-based solutions” to help schools adapt to climate change. These solutions, also called “nature-based climate shelters”, include green school grounds and public green and blue spaces.

COOLSCHOOLS’ practices and results aim to generate opportunities for city uptake of the “nature-based climate shelters” approach by other schools, neighbourhoods, and cities. We produce and share new evidence, tools and insights about important abilities necessary to foster nature-based and inclusive transformation among local schools, urban planners, and the general public.

COOLSCHOOLS draws on the experience of four pioneering European projects to implement nature-based solutions in the school environments of Brussels, Barcelona, Rotterdam and Paris. 

The Brussels-Capital Region is the project’s main case study (mainly through the Ose-le-Vert and Opération-Recréation school greening programs). All the project partners are doing research in the Belgian capital, in particular the four Belgian partners: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the University of Antwerp, the University of Hasselt, and Brussels Environment.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Brussels Environment are launching a survey to better understand the use (and non-use) of urban green spaces by children after school.

This survey is aimed at parents (or guardians) of one child or more enrolled in a primary or fundamental school in the Brussels-Capital Region.

By completing the survey, you can enter a contest to win FREE tickets to the Museum of Natural Sciences.


The survey takes around 10 minutes and can be completed on a computer or by telephone.

Contact person for the surveys: Elsa Gallez (

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