Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.

Heidi Peltier, Research Professor in Political Science; Faculty Research Fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy environment conservation politics funding donald-trump economy jobs parks trump-administration research clean-energy forestry job-creation environmental-protections

Summer visitors to American parks choose safety first over freedom to roam

A new survey finds that Americans are willing to accept limits on visitors to public lands to reduce crowds, and want staff and visitors to wear masks.

B. Derrick Taff, Assistant Professor, Recreation, Park and Tourism Management, Professor-in-Charge of Graduate Studies, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
June 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  parks  outdoors  recreation  social-interaction  urban-nature

Parks matter more than ever during a time of sickness – something Frederick Law Olmsted understood in the 19th century

Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of many great North American city parks, understood that ready access to nature made cities healthier places to live.

Richard leBrasseur, Assisant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director, Green Infrastructure Performance Lab, Dalhousie University • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: public-health cities covid-19 social-distancing coronavirus-2020 urban-life parks city-parks landscape-architecture sustainable-cities

Even during COVID-19, ‘nature is a necessity’

The COVID-19 crisis highlights why cities should invest in green space, says Marc Berman. "Nature is not an amenity—it's a necessity."

Jack Wang- U. Chicago • futurity
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 exercise parks social-lives earth-and-environment health-and-medicine

Wildness in parks can make you feel better

When it comes to getting a boost from parks, not all experiences of nature are the same. New research shows wildness is key.

U. Washington • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities parks science-and-technology well-being

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Four out of 5 Americans live in cities, so urban planning can make a big difference in our lifestyles – especially if it promotes healthy diets and physical activity.

John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
Feb. 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  cities  obesity  exercise  walking  urban-planning  bicycling  urban-policy  parks  food-deserts  city-parks

Oddly shaped parks cut mortality risk for nearby residents

The shape of parks may be key to getting the most out of them, according to a new study that shows irregularly shaped parks cut mortality risk.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Nov. 27, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: parks mortality health-and-medicine

City parks are only as good as the trip to get there

Walkability, not proximity, determines how much people enjoy their local park, research suggests.

U. Arizona • futurity
Aug. 2, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: cities walking parks safety society-and-culture neighborhoods land

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