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The University of Arizona (UA) Green Fund recently awarded funding for the project “Addressing environmental injustice around green infrastructure in Tucson, Arizona.” Led by Adriana Zuniga (CAPLA and Udall Center) and Andrea K. Gerlak (School of Geography and Development and Udall Center), the project seeks to address environmental injustice around green infrastructure in Tucson by designing, implementing and evaluating a green infrastructure project at STAR Academic High School.
Green infrastructure (GI) – or spaces with permeable surfaces dominated by vegetation – has been shown to have numerous positive community benefits. Some local city governments in the United States have realized the benefits of GI, and along with neighborhood associations and NGOs have launched special programs to promote GI development. However, adoption of such infrastructure in Tucson, Arizona, has not been spatially uniform. Most notably, low-income communities within the poorer, south side…