Urban Green Spaces: Public Health and Sustainability in the United States

  • Camară G
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This book crosses disciplinary boundaries to investigate how the benefits of green spaces can be further incorporated in public health. In this regard, the book highlights how ecosystem services provided by green spaces affect multiple aspects of human health and well-being, offering a strategic way to conceptualize the topic. For centuries, scholars have observed the range of health benefits associated with exposure to nature. As people continue to move to urban areas, it is essential to include green spaces in cities to ensure sustained human health and well-being. Such insights can not only advance the science but also spark interdisciplinary research and help researchers creatively translate their findings into benefits for the public. The book explores this topic in the context of 'big picture' frameworks that enhance communication between the environmental, public health, and social sciences. Intro; Contents; 1 Introduction; 1.1 Our Approach; 1.2 The Need for This Book Today; 1.3 Roadmap for This Book; References; 2 Friend or Foe? An Overview of the Services and Disservices from Urban Green Spaces; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Green Space as a Friend; 2.3 Human Health Benefits of Green Space; 2.4 Community Revitalization Benefits of Green Space; 2.5 Ecological Benefits of Green Space; 2.6 Green Space as a Foe; 2.7 Health Concerns from Green Space; 2.8 Environmental Gentrification Concerns Related to Green Space; 2.9 Conclusion; References 3 Cultural Ecosystem Services Meet Broader Frameworks in Public Health3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Frameworks Linking Public Health and the Natural Environment; 3.3 Growing Awareness of the Public Health-Cultural Ecosystem Service Link; 3.4 Green Space Interventions in Public Health; 3.4.1 Examples; 3.5 Implementation and Best Practices; 3.6 The Dose-Response Relationship; 3.7 Conclusion; References; 4 Urban Green Space at the Nexus of Environmental Justice and Health Equity; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Research Highlights from Environmental Justice Studies on Urban Green Space 4.2.1 Distributional Injustice: Tree Cover and Vegetation4.2.2 Distributional Injustice: Parks, Greenways, and Open Space; 4.2.3 Procedural Injustice: What Contributes to Spatial Inequities?; 4.2.4 Interactional Justice: Barriers to Meaningful Green Space Experiences for Marginalized Groups; 4.3 Green Space and Gaps in Health; 4.4 The Connection to Health Equity; 4.5 Conclusion; References; 5 Planning Urban Green Spaces in Their Communities: Intersectional Approaches for Health Equity and Sustainability; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Intersectional Green Space Planning and Its Values 5.3 Data Sources and Analysis5.4 Analysis of Green Space Planning Frameworks and Projects; 5.5 Intersections Between Recreation and Water Management; 5.5.1 Frameworks; 5.5.2 Projects; 5.6 Intersection Between Recreation, Transportation, and Land Use; 5.6.1 Frameworks; 5.6.2 Projects; 5.7 Intersections Between Recreation and Housing; 5.7.1 Frameworks; 5.7.2 Projects; 5.8 Advantages and Limitations of Intersectional Approaches: A Summary; 5.8.1 Advantages; 5.8.2 Limitations; 5.8.3 Ways Forward; 5.9 Conclusion; References; 6 Concluding Thoughts; References




Camară, G. (2022). Urban Green Spaces: Public Health and Sustainability in the United States. Journal of the American Planning Association, 88(2), 281–282. https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2021.1987803

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