Green Heart goals.
This project is examining, for the first time, if increasing greenness in an urban community reduces the levels of air pollution in the neighborhood, decreases the risk of heart disease, and increases outdoor activity and relationships between neighbors. Green Heart will help us discover:
- How to plant trees in urban communities to maximize the removal of air pollution
- If increasing green space affects the risks of developing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
- If increasing urban green space reduces mental stress, enhances social cohesion, and increases physical activity
- If urban green space affects crime rates, property values, storm water runoff, energy use, and heat island effect
Read more about environmental monitoring.
Drivers of Health
Elements we are evaluating in each community that are believed to impact health.
Volunteers, stewards, partner organizations.
AIR QUALITY DATA
Gathered from fixed and mobile air monitors.
Trees, grasses and shrubs.
Major and minor roadways.