27 Aug '15, 5pm

Mapping the Relationship Between Green Spaces and Poverty| EcoBuilding Pulse Magazine

A research team from Portland State University (PSU), in Oregon, has created the Trees and Health App , which can help urban planners manage the impact of poor air quality by showing where a lack of vegetation corresponds with poverty. In cities, tree cover is one of the most visible indicators of neighborhood income, and vegetation density is directly tied to health outcomes, especially for the vulnerable group, such as kids, the elderly, and people living below the poverty line. To establish a baseline for the impact of trees in a neighborhood, the research team placed 144 pollution sensors across the city of Portland, and cross-referenced maps from the Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey for tree cover. Next, the team overlaid pollution sources like factories, mass transit, and sinks, "such as parks that soak up ambient pollutants," in neighborhoods where there wa...

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