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MEASURING GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE EQUITY
FOR WINSTON-SALEM

Kristen Haaf

KRISTEN HAAF

Spatial Justice Community Fellow, 2018-2019

ABSTRACT

 

My project, entitled Measuring Green Infrastructure Equity for Winston-Salem, is part of my larger research effort to define the idea of the “city forest” as a conceptual framework for addressing community environmental issues. As part of that research, I have identified four parameters of green infrastructure design that are integral to a community-based response to local environmental concerns: environmental resiliency, potential for scaling, neighborhood equity, and citizen participation in design, assessment, and stewardship. Through the Spatial Justice Fellowship at CDI, I am focusing on the equity lens. I will define specific indicators of equity and review the potential methods used to evaluate a geographic area for green infrastructure equity. As an actionable product of this research, I will assess the level of neighborhood equity for Winston-Salem’s tree canopy and explore approaches to addressing any identified green infrastructure inequities.