Jobs and Equity in the Urban Forest - Final Report (15-DG-11132544-034)
This study—co-authored by Ecotrust and PolicyLink, with extensive input, review, and data assistance from Verde—examines the economic, ecological, and social impacts of existing community-based urban forestry investments designed to benefit low-income communities of color.
Urban forestry and related green infrastructure facilities, including bioswales, rain gardens, and restored open space and natural areas, bring multiple benefits to communities. However, access to these benefits is not equitably distributed. People from lower-income
neighborhoods, and communities of color, have less access to green infrastructure and suffer higher levels of toxins in their neighborhoods than do people from higher-income neighborhoods. These communities also have higher rates of long-term unemployment.
Economics/Cost-Benefit Analysis, Environmental Justice
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