Elodie
Grimoin

Project: Urban Canopee

Elodie has been passionate about nature and biodiversity since she was a child, and she has always been very interested in issues related to the management of our environment, which is taking an ever-increasing place in public, economic, industrial and individual decision-making.

It is thus quite naturally that she turned to an agronomy school. During her AgroParisTech engineering training (Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences), she wanted to discover and apply her knowledge in the field of eco-design and sustainable architecture, as she has always been a city dweller. 

Wishing to make a contribution to this process, and to make our cities more liveable, more breathable, and greener, she did an internship at the Delft University of Architecture (Netherlands), during which she co-authored in 2016 a book with Dr Steffen Nijhuis Exploring Green infrastructures: Concepts and practices in green infrastructure design and planning.

In 2017, she also acquired an experience in the environment and energy performance of buildings through a long internship (Dauchez Payet office). During her last year of school, she had the opportunity to meet Hubert Michaudet and the research team of the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. She participated in the creation of the URBAN CANOPEE project by contributing her dual agronomic and environmental skills.

THE FIGHT AGAINST THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FIGHT OF OUR GENERATION. BECAUSE IT MAY BE THE LAST ONE WE CAN LEAD.

For the cities, where will soon live two out of three inhabitants of the planet, for city dwellers, the question is no longer to question the existence of climate change but to prepare to face it. Too dense, too mineral, cities may become less liveable, and more vulnerable as a result of heat peaks and pollution. 

We know that bioclimatization with plants is the best way to cool cities and improve air quality. The revegetation of spaces is a key issue in the fight against pollution and urban heat islands. And that's what Urban Canopee offers, with its autonomous and connected vegetal structures, by massively accelerating the greening of surfaces available on the ground, on the facade or on the roof, wherever trees cannot grow.

More info on https://www.urbancanopee.com/en/

WHAT IS ELODIE GRIMOIN'S SOLUTION - URBAN CANOPEE? 

Corolle is a light weight and modular green solution for urban cooling. Installed as a green canopy over public and private spaces or fixed on roofs, it can provide shade for any surface. 

Freestanding and relocatable, Corolle has no impact on the underground and its infrastructures. It can be deployed wherever plant trees is not possible. 

By shading and naturally cooling urban spaces, Corolles assist in combating heat and pollution. It also restores biodiversity in the city and improves the quality of life of its dwellers. Its autonomous and connected irrigation system allows intelligent management of water and it capture the equivalent in CO2 of 2 trees. 

Since Elodie won the Tech Challenge in Paris, she has had many achievements and won several accolades. One of the key milestones in her Urban Canopee journey has been the successful installation of 5 Urban Canopee “planted” on the rooftop of Paris’ National Library François Mitterrand in December 2019. 

C40 Women4Climate Tech Challenge provided Elodie with the global platform to showcase her project and in partnership with the City of Paris-Urban Lab had led in December 2019 to the opportunity of experimenting and showcasing 5 Urban Canopee on the rooftop of Paris’ National Library, François-Mitterrand.

Elodie shared her motivation behind the conception of her project, Urban Canopee, and the reason why she applied for the first edition of the Women4Climate Tech Challenge (which she eventually won!) 

"I chose to join the Women4Climate community and apply for the Tech Challenge last year to motivate everyone; solutions for the planet do exist, and it is urgent for us to take action by implementing them in the heart of our cities. If we wait any longer, it will be too late.

Increasing green spaces in our cities will reduce ambient temperatures whilst encouraging biodiversity to thrive. As a result, we will contribute to the health and well-being of its inhabitants, now and in the future.

Effective change requires commitment to the global climate resistance. I will strive every day to create more liveable, breathable, inhabitable cities for my fellow citizens and future generations.

The ecological consequences of climate change will become a primary cause of human migration, due to droughts, rising waters, hurricanes, and desertification. Today, we need you to make the planet greener, and together reinvent our cities in order to create sustainable places to live!"