Green Infrastructure Prioritization, Management, and Equity Implications

Authors: Jessica Miller*, Montclair State University, Archana Prasad*, Montclair State University
Topics: Environment, Water Resources and Hydrology, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: green infrastructure, equity, environmental management, environmental prioritization
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Where do GI projects become part of the urban landscape? Do these bits of infrastructure accompany broader changes in the same areas? What is the relationship of GI to other environmental improvements? To further develop ideas in green gentrification research, this work seeks to understand the potential links between GI projects and other, more systemic approaches to “greening” the urban landscape that sometimes accompany these efforts. To better understand how spaces are targeted for GI projects, this work aims to connect how these spaces are related to larger scale approaches to localized environmental improvements, the distributive properties of such goals, and the management strategies involved once GI projects are in place. In addition, we explore the role that management strategies play in creating localized benefits or undesirable outcomes to waterways and non-human actors. When GI is mismanaged or neglected, these structures may become structurally deteriorated, or gradually transformed from GI to community waste pit. Using a case study from Philadelphia, PA, this work aims to understand the prioritization of GI projects, and the potential inequities embedded in this process.

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