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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(2), 196; doi:10.3390/ijerph13020196

Advancing Sustainability through Urban Green Space: Cultural Ecosystem Services, Equity, and Social Determinants of Health

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Southern Research Station, Integrating Human and Natural Systems, USDA Forest Service, 320 Green Street, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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Department of Science, Technology and International Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057, USA
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editors: Jayajit Chakraborty, Sara E. Grineski and Timothy W. Collins
Received: 23 September 2015 / Revised: 25 January 2016 / Accepted: 2 February 2016 / Published: 5 February 2016
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Abstract

Urban green spaces provide an array of benefits, or ecosystem services, that support our physical, psychological, and social health. In many cases, however, these benefits are not equitably distributed across diverse urban populations. In this paper, we explore relationships between cultural ecosystem services provided by urban green space and the social determinants of health outlined in the United States Healthy People 2020 initiative. Specifically, we: (1) explore connections between cultural ecosystem services and social determinants of health; (2) examine cultural ecosystem services as nature-based health amenities to promote social equity; and (3) recommend areas for future research examining links between urban green space and public health within the context of environmental justice. View Full-Text
Keywords: ecosystem services; green space; nature; parks; public health; urban health ecosystem services; green space; nature; parks; public health; urban health
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Jennings, V.; Larson, L.; Yun, J. Advancing Sustainability through Urban Green Space: Cultural Ecosystem Services, Equity, and Social Determinants of Health. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 196.

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