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GCSC Seminar: Alessandro Rigolon “Toward green space equity: Projects, policies, and systems change”

October 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT

FASB 295 and online.

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Urban green spaces – including parks, tree canopy, green infrastructure, and other open spaces – have myriad benefits for human health, ecosystems, and economic development. Yet research shows that green space is inequitably distributed across racial/ethnic and socioeconomic lines in the U.S. and beyond. Scholars and activists have framed these inequities as an environmental justice issue. In this talk, Dr. Rigolon will discuss green space equity, including its definition, causes, and relationships with health outcomes. He will present a framework for addressing green space inequities that includes projects, policies, and systems change, arguing that all three are necessary. This will show how different individuals and organizations across multiple disciplines can play a role in the struggle for green space equity. Rigolon will show examples of successful initiatives to advance green space equity via projects, policies, and systems change.

Dr. Alessandro Rigolon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah. He is interested in environmental justice issues related to urban green space and their impacts on health equity. His current work includes three main areas: policy determinants of inequities in park provision, drivers and resistance to gentrification fostered by new parks (i.e., “green gentrification”), and the public health impacts of urban green space on marginalized communities.

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October 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT
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295 FASB (Sutton Geology Bldg.)
115 S 1460 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States
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