Noise Pollution, Environmental Justice, and Urban Green Space Accessibility in San Jose, California

Authors: Lauryn Duoto*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Geography and Urban Health, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Noise Pollution, Environmental Justice, Urban Green Space, San Jose, California
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Zulu, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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Noise pollution is estimated to rise significantly in the residential areas of San Jose, which has had a 7.7% increase in population since 2010, leading to an increase in traffic from highways, air, and public transit. Chronic noise pollution is accompanied by health side effects that result in annoyance, stress, cardiovascular disease, tinnitus, and sleep deprivation. These health hazards are prominent in residential locations that are dominated by vehicular traffic. Throughout residential locations the side effects of noise pollution are prominent throughout ethnocultural minorities and low-income areas that have previously gone unnoticed in San Jose, California. This project identifies demographically based neighborhoods that are vulnerable to noise pollution within the city of San Jose, while also addressing the availability of urban green space. This research analyzes noise pollution and census tract data through ArcGIS to explore the relationship between ethnocultural minorities, socio-economic status, urban green space, and noise pollution.

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