Geographies of Green Infrastructure I: Green Nightmares

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Climate Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Jefferson, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Marissa Matsler, Zbigniew Grabowski, Sara Meerow
Chairs: Andrea Gerlak


Green Dreams, Green Nightmares, Green Amnesia: multi-faceted geographies of Green Infrastructure

Marissa Matsler, Cary Institute
Andrea Gerlak, University of Arizona
Zbigniew Grabowski, Cary Institute
Sara Meerow, Arizona State University

The framing and mobilization of green infrastructure (GI) reveals social, political, and infrastructural histories of urban planning and formation. GI, as a concept, is both a chameleon, being reshaped by the arenas it is called into (i.e. urban planning, engineering, social justice advocacy, etc.), and displays significant interpretive instability, where different observers and scholars believe that they are referring to the same phenomenon but each possess radically different and often incompatible understandings. It is this dual instability of GI which has enabled it to be touted as a panacea to all that ails the city, as well as facilitating a wide variety of GI applications and interventions in urban systems. At present, increasing scrutiny over the social impacts of GI programs highlights concerns over how the discursive mobilization of GI as a planning and infrastructure tool collides with or reinforces long standing processes of inequitable urban development. To provide some clarity to this murky terrain, this session explores a number of disparate scholarly projects researching the variety of motivations for, and outcomes of, GI’s mobilization in cities around the world, in particular engaging interdisciplinary studies of equity and social justice, financibility and implementation challenges, and discursive delineation and definition of GI from urban natures and ecosystems.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Andrea Gerlak University of Arizona 5 8:00 AM
Presenter Zbigniew Grabowski*, Portland State University, Peter Sigrist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Timon McPhearson, The New School, Steward Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Green Infrastructure as Universal Good? Comparing Equity in Green Infrastructure Planning in US Cities 19 8:05 AM
Presenter Jessica Miller*, Montclair State University, Archana Prasad*, Montclair State University, Green Infrastructure Prioritization, Management, and Equity Implications 19 8:24 AM
Presenter Megan Heckert*, West Chester University, Christina Rosan, Temple University, Arthur McGarity, Swarthmore College, Equity and Optimization in Green Infrastructure Planning 19 8:43 AM
Presenter Andrea Gerlak*, University of Arizona, Alison Elder*, University of Arizona, Emily Bell, University of California, Davis, Lena Berger, University of Arizona, Mitch Pavao-Zuckerman, University of Maryland, College Park, Drew Sanderford, University of Arizona, Adam Henry, University of Arizona, Gary Pivo, University of Arizona, Edna Liliana Gomez Fernandez, University of Arizona, Green Infrastructure Adoption and Collaboration in Tucson, AZ 19 9:02 AM
Discussant Michael Finewood Pace University 19 9:21 AM

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