Seeking Greenspace Equity Throughout Maryland
From providing cooling shade to helping clear the air of pollutants, green space is absolutely vital to the health, vitality, and quality of life of local neighborhoods. However, many Marylanders in communities underserved by health-promoting (salutogenic) infrastructure and overburdened by pollution sources may not have access to thriving, healthy green space. Inequities in planning, zoning, and community development, can lead to inequities in green space. We are partnering with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to investigate the cultural, socioeconomic, and health barriers to green space access for low-income people of color throughout the state. The CEEJH team has been contracted to update DNR’s Park Equity Tool (developed with a goal of including not only measures of proximity, but accessibility, quality, functionality, socio-environmental barriers, and green space type).