47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Thursday, April 20 • 7:15am - 8:00am
TH7.15.04 The Role of Urban Green Spaces in the Quest to Achieve Environmental Justice: A Research Update

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As scholars document a disproportionate burden of environmental concerns in low-income and racially/ethnically diverse communities, several research and policy approaches are being utilized to understand and address this issue. Environmental justice involves the fair treatment and involvement of all people in environmental decision making regardless of factors such as race, ethnicity, and income. However, since additional aspects of place (i.e. other than proximity to pollution sources) can influence health and well-being, access to environmental amenities such as urban green spaces have become a forefront issue in the present dialogue on environmental justice. As achieving environmental justice plays a key role in urban health and sustainability, this continues to represent a major area for research. This breakfast roundtable will highlight major findings in the literature as it relates to urban green spaces and environmental justice, particularly in the United States. Along with key findings from the scholarship, this roundtable will discuss research gaps and case studies that illustrate the opportunities and challenges with incorporating urban green space projects at the local level.


Viniece Jennings

Biological Scientist, USDA Forest Service

Thursday April 20, 2017 7:15am - 8:00am CDT
Nicollet Grand Ballroom (1st Floor)