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Science is a process of building knowledge. Research can address the important issues of society, and results are published in academic reports and journals.

Research outreach, also called technology transfer, represents scientific results with messages and products for general audiences.

Below are outreach web sources about nature and well-being.

Some content is specific to a city or region, while other content is national in scope. Some of the reports focus on certain urban conditions, such as public housing or city parks. Consider this when reporting the results.

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Landscape and Human Health Laboratory

A science team at the University of Illinois studies the connection between urban greenery and human health. The research has produced landmark findings concerning people and nearby nature. You will find information about the following topics: safety, crime, violence, and aggression; strength of community; well-being, coping, vitality, attention, executive functions, self-control, and learning. Materials include fact sheets, professional publications, and scientific articles.

Human Dimensions of Urban Greening and Urban Forestry

This web site features research at the University of Washington (Seattle) on people’s perceptions and behaviors regarding nature in cities. The site addresses the following topics: nature and consumer environments, trees and transportation, civic ecology, and policy and planning. Materials include fact sheets, professional publications, and scientific articles.

American Planning Association, How Cities Use Parks for . . . .

This web site features a series of briefing papers. The flyers summarize the array of benefits that healthy city parks provide. Topics include: community revitalization, community engagement, economic development, safer neighborhoods, green infrastructure, children and learning, improve public health, arts and cultural programs, promoting tourism, smart growth, and climate change management.

The Trust for Public Land, Center for City Park Excellence

The Trust is a national nonprofit that conserves built and natural places for people to enjoy, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. TPL shares white papers about why city parks are necessary assets. Two specifically address human health and well being: Benefits of Parks and The Health Benefits of Parks: How Parks Help Keep Americans and Their Communities Fit and Healthy.

Local Government Commission

The web site lists multiple benefits of city trees. A fact sheet about livable communitiesreports on a range of community benefits, from economic development to public health and safety. It is written for local government elected officials and decision makers.

Casey Tree Foundation, The Case for Trees & Growing a Healthier D.C.

The nonprofit Foundation works to restore tree canopy in Washington, D.C. A Tree Benefits page highlights why trees are important for green infrastructure and urban livability. A second web page shares documents on the importance of green assets for city life: neighborhoods, streets, parks, schools, business districts, parking lots, residences, and jobs. The briefings include environmental, social, and economic benefits.

Home Depot Foundation, Green Cities Institute

The nonprofit Foundation is dedicated to affordable housing for working families, and to sustainable community development (promoted by Neighborwoods programs and the Green Cities Institute). A Green Infrastructure "classroom" includes information about the role of trees in healthy communities, including economics, community, education, and health.

Sacramento Tree Foundation

This community-based nonprofit works to build the Sacramento's urban forest, and improve regional programs using a collaborative GreenPrint approach. Web page summaries report research on the social, psychological and community benefits of urban greening: girls and greenery, canopy and crime, vegetation and violence, kids and concentration, neighbors and nature, and plants and poverty.

Urban Forestry South Expo

This USDA Forest Service site provides support to urban and community forestry programs in the southeastern U.S., but the materials are relevant to other regions. The site shares tree benefits overviews in Powerpoint and PDF formats. High quality booklets are available for printing and redistribution. A technical bulletin reports on the influence of trees on inner city children.

Children & Nature Network

The nonprofit Network supports those who work to reconnect children with nature. One web page tracks recent research on the influence of nature on children, including social benefits. Study abstracts are also provided, with full text downloads.

Evergreen, Learning Grounds

This nonprofit organization is working to make Canada’s cities more livable by deepening the connection between people and nature. One program, Learning Grounds, is dedicated to transforming the outdoor landscape of Canada's schools. Links share studies about the effects of urban greening on children in Canada, including text downloads.

United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Urban Forestry Community

The FAO is a neutral forum for international food security issues. One project is an informational program on Forests and Trees for Healthy Cities, which brings together people from across the globe to promote urban greening. The website tracks international research on the social benefits of trees in cities, and shares files.

UK Forest Research

Forest Research is the science division of the U.K. Forestry Commission, and informs policy on woodlands and forests, from wildland to urban settings. One web page features social science, including decision making. A second page outlines current research (with publications) on the role of trees in human health and well being. High quality PDF brochures are available.

Northwest Public Health, Health and the Built Environment

Links to research studies are provided, along with summaries. Topics include the precautionary principle, the role of the natural environment in healing, daylighting in schools and other settings, building healthy communities, transportation, and urban density, sprawl and land use planning. Many, but not all, of the studies are based in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Do you know about other sites that report on nature and human health and well-being benefits? Info please!