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Green infrastructure, green space, and sustainable urbanism: geography’s important role

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This paper is a broad review of green infrastructure theory and practice relative to urban sustainability and the space for geographers in these discussions. We use examples from various urban sustainability plans to highlight ways in which green infrastructure is being conceptualized and implemented. We explore how geography contributes research on green infrastructure as well as the emerging practices as seen within sustainability plans. We identify four areas in which geographers can influence both green infrastructure theory and practice: 1) scale; 2) mapping distribution; 3) sensitivity to place and locale; and 4) equity and access. We conclude that in these areas geographers have tremendous opportunity contribute more deliberately to sustainable urbanism.
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Keywords: Green space; green infrastructure; urban geography; urban sustainability

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA 2: Research and Advocacy Associate, Public Lands Project at Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C., USA

Publication date: March 16, 2019

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