Connecting the Dots: urban trees, human health, & climate change - Presented on Zoom
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Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ~ 8:30 am - 10:00 am
In recent years nations and cities are responding to two sets of crises – climate and human health. The challenges and implications of each are both distinct and interrelated. Research indicates that the urban forest is a nature-based solution that can promote resilience through climate adaptation and promotion of human health. Dr. Wolf will present from two recent projects and publications that translate research on urban forest benefits to best practices that are implementable at multiple scales. First, the Greening Blocks project offers a site-to-neighborhood scale design guidelines to effectively integrate trees into built environments, while also promoting the human experiences of nearby nature that boost physical, mental and social health: View from within, Plant entrances, Bring nature nearby, Retain the mature, Generate diversity, Create refuge, Connect experiences, and Optimize green infrastructure. Another project, done in collaboration with the US Forest Service, is a menu of urban forest planning and management options that comprehensively generate a wide and long view on trees in cities to optimize climate adaptation while also integrating the latest research on nature-centered health response. The menu is structured as nine Strategies, each further detailed as Approaches and Tactics. The strategies range in scale from city-wide policies and planning, to natural areas management, to trees in built environments. All are presented as context for human health intervention, either by reducing direct climate impacts (such as urban heat) or by addressing the physical and mental health public health issues associated with climate change.
Dr. Kathleen Wolf is a Research Social Scientist at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington. After earning her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, she has implemented a research program to investigate human response to outdoor spaces in cities, based on theory and methods of environmental psychology. Dr. Wolf's mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities and towns. She has been a research associate with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station since 2010 collaborating on studies of social dimensions of urban forestry and ecosystems. Dr. Wolf has presented her research throughout the United States, in Australia, Russia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. She has also worked professionally as a landscape architect and as an environmental planner. You can view Dr. Wolf's research program at Nature Within and the Green Cities: Good Health project at: Green Health
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