HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Installing air conditioners in Hawaii's public schools will cost millions, so the state is trying a more cost-effective way of cooling schools – by planting shade trees.
The state Department of Land and Natural Resource's Division of Forestry and Wildlife teamed up with the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program to plant the trees in strategic locations on school campuses.
Studies show that trees can cool a classroom by up to 10 degrees. Not only do trees block direct sunlight, but they can also promote additional learning, behavioral and health benefits.
Hot classrooms have become an issue for teachers and students in Hawaii, with some classroom temperatures reaching the high 90s.