Novel Methods for Measuring Urban Greenspace Access

Project: Internal Grant

Project Details


Urban greenspaces are human-made or naturally occurring areas that predominantly feature vegetation. Living near or time spent in greenspace is associated with improved health. Common methods used to assess greenspace access have limitations. The research team will develop and test a novel Urban Greenspace Access Score and examine greenspace inequities within Minneapolis/St. Paul, an urban region with growing environmental and social justice concerns. This study has the potential to be a major methodological and research contribution by producing a robust reproducible measurement that can be applied to other regions, and being the first to examine greenspace inequities by neighborhood deprivation and historical redlining. This project supports outcomes tied to SDGs #3, #11, and #15 through human health benefits, carbon and urban heat sink reductions, and protection of biodiversity conferred by greenspaces.
Effective start/end date1/1/231/1/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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