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Public policy in green spaces: striving for environmental justice

Hendrickson, Emily (2017) Public policy in green spaces: striving for environmental justice. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Both social work and public health rely on the socio-ecological model of health, where the individual, household, community, political arena, economy, built and natural environments, and climate can all interact to enhance or challenge health. Green and open space, as part of the built and natural environments, plays a significant role in public health. Green space can improve the environment by cleaning the air and filtering water. Additionally, parks and green space may facilitate physical activity and could contribute to mental health and well-being. Literature is mixed, however, on whether these potential benefits are equitably distributed. Vulnerable populations may not enjoy equal access to green and open space, although access varies widely by city and there are limitations to study methods. Pittsburgh, like many cities, strives to balance the economic, environmental, and health benefits of open space with social and environmental justice through effective open space policy. Literature on green and open space can help inform policy to maximize community and public health benefits. Perfecting that green policy is of clear public health importance.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hendrickson, Emilyegf4@pitt.eduEGF4
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFriedman, Markmsf11@pitt.edumsf11UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberHorton, Lesliehortonle2@pitt.eduhortonle2UNSPECIFIED
Date: 25 April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Submission Date: 3 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2020 02:04


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