Green Infrastructure, Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and Human Health: A Review

This review paper comes recommended by the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit

Purpose of the Review:

In a growing trend, cities around the world have been installing Green Infrastructure (GI) in the form of vegetated landscapes that provide ecological benefits such as stormwater management, wildlife habitats, and temperature moderation (Tzoulas et al. Landsc Urban Plan. 61(3):11, 2007). Some GI, such as trees and green spaces, have positive impacts on human health. It is less clear how newer types of GI, such as rain gardens, green roofs, and bioswales, impact human health. These newer GI types are called Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI). Planners and designers need to know the extent to which GSI impacts humans. This systematic review does exactly that—we explore the published evidence regarding the relationships between GI and human health.

 

The full abstract and full paper can be accessed here

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