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Urban Green Spaces

Public Health and Sustainability in the United States

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  • Provides a snapshot of health benefits in the context of urban areas in the United States

  • Offers a guide to strategically assessing the array of health concerns that are related to the benefits of urban green spaces

  • Incorporates the health benefits from green spaces in a broader vision of promoting and sustaining health

Part of the book series: SpringerBriefs in Geography (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    • Viniece Jennings, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Alessandro Rigolon
    Pages 1-6
  3. Friend or Foe? An Overview of the Services and Disservices from Urban Green Spaces

    • Viniece Jennings, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Alessandro Rigolon
    Pages 7-30
  4. Cultural Ecosystem Services Meet Broader Frameworks in Public Health

    • Viniece Jennings, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Alessandro Rigolon
    Pages 31-46
  5. Urban Green Space at the Nexus of Environmental Justice and Health Equity

    • Viniece Jennings, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Alessandro Rigolon
    Pages 47-69
  6. Planning Urban Green Spaces in Their Communities: Intersectional Approaches for Health Equity and Sustainability

    • Viniece Jennings, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Alessandro Rigolon
    Pages 71-99
  7. Concluding Thoughts

    • Viniece Jennings, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Alessandro Rigolon
    Pages 101-102

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • Green Spaces in Cities
  • Urban Well-Being
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Public Health in Cities
  • Urban Sustainability
  • urban geography and urbanism

Reviews

“Although it is a short book dedicated to the United States, its findings can be useful for other countries facing growth in their urban populations. … The audience to whom this book is addressed includes researchers, students, and built environment practitioners, comprising urban planners, designers, public health professionals, and parks and recreation managers. … The text is easy to read and is illustrated with maps, tables, schemes, and photos from different cities.” (Gabriel Camara, Journal of the American Planning Association, November 24, 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Integrating Human and Natural Systems, US Forest Service, Athens, USA

    Viniece Jennings

  • Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, USA

    Matthew H. E. M. Browning

  • Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, Urban–Champaign, USA

    Alessandro Rigolon

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Urban Green Spaces

  • Book Subtitle: Public Health and Sustainability in the United States

  • Authors: Viniece Jennings, Matthew H. E. M. Browning, Alessandro Rigolon

  • Series Title: SpringerBriefs in Geography

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10469-6

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-10468-9

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-10469-6

  • Series ISSN: 2211-4165

  • Series E-ISSN: 2211-4173

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VII, 102

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Urban Sociology, Sustainability, Public Health

Buying options

eBook
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-10469-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)