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[image:] Cover of eBook Healthy Environments Across Generations The Collaborative on Health and the Environment, with other conference partners, has published an E-book from the "Healthy Environments Across Generations" gathering held at the New York Academy of Medicine on June 7-8, 2012. Dr. Erika Svendsen was a participant in the meeting, which focused on the impacts that multiple, interacting environments can have on health.


Special Issue of Cities and the Environment (CATE) Community Gardening Works! American Community Gardening Association's 32nd Annual Conference 18-21 August 2011, New York, NY


Urban Nature as a Health Resource
at Yale University
February 5 - 6, 2015.
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The Green, the Grey, and the Human

Integrating Grey and Green Infrastructure to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Urban Populations

[photo:] Memorial tree dedication in Long Island City.One of the most enduring lessons of cities is the important relationship between grey infrastructure (e.g., streets and buildings), green infrastructure (e.g., parks and open spaces), and the human communities that inhabit them. Community gardens provide a clear example of how grey and green infrastructure together can improve the health and well being of urban populations. Throughout the history of cities, a wide range of people and organizations have competed over urban land as a scarce resource. Historically, grey infrastructure has often competed with or been at odds with green infrastructure, instead of the two being considered mutually beneficial. Meanwhile, a variety of human innovations—from individual actions to organizational networks to new forms of governance—have emerged in this green-grey context.

This research uses a systems framework to explore and highlight critical relationships between green, grey, and human elements of cities and how they are connected with health and well-being. Furthermore, we investigate the multiple meanings and values of urban spaces, seeking a greater awareness of how the ordinary becomes sacred. By understanding the underlying structure of urban spaces and the importance of social interactions, urban planners, decision makers, and community members can effectively leverage resources to improve overall health, advance well-being and ensure social justice. 


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