Is Green Infrastructure a Universal Good?

“Is Green Infrastructure a Universal Good?” is a research project housed at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and co-led by the Urban Systems Lab to understand how green infrastructure (GI) urban planning in US cities consider issues of equity and environmental and social justice. This web resource presents findings from an examination of 122 GI city plans in 20 diverse US cities. The research team utilized content analysis methods to identify how plans conceive of GI, its social impacts, and its relationship with equity and justice, in addition to evaluating the equity of the GI planning process itself. Initiated in 2018 with an analysis of GI planning in Baltimore, Maryland, the project is part of a larger effort led by Cary Institute to bring together urban ecologists, social scientists, GIS analysts, and environmental historians to discover how to best improve the equity of GI through policy and practice.




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