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Is Green Infrastructure Fair?


A conversation on benefits, burdens, and the path to equity

By 2050, nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. As urban areas adapt to climate instability, green infrastructure has been embraced as a tool for managing storm water, reducing urban heat, improving air quality, and bringing nature into cities.

Projects like living roofs, green spaces, bioswales, and street trees are often assumed to be good for all urban neighborhoods and residents. But are the burdens and benefits equitable across urban areas?

Discover new scientific research that explores how green infrastructure is being developed in cities – with a focus on Baltimore, New York City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Topics to be discussed include the evolving nature of green infrastructure, its implications for social justice, and how we can improve equity in policy, planning, and practice.

This science conversation will feature Dr. Steward Pickett, a founder of the field of urban ecology and Distinguished Senior Scientist at Cary, Dr. Timon McPhearson, Director of the Urban Systems Lab at The New School and a Cary Senior Research Fellow, and Ms. Kristin Baja, Climate Resilience Director for the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.

Can green infrastructure address the needs and perceptions of diverse communities, including the underserved and marginalized? Join the conversation.