Green Space, Stress Reduction, and Cities

Constitution Gardens
View of the Washington Monument from Constitution Gardens.
July 24, 2017

Studies have shown that people who spend time in nature are less stressed and generally more content. But this information has never before been used to promote green space creation in cities. A professor at the University of Bradford's Centre for Sustainable Environments has created a tool for quantifying green space in terms of its tranquility, which in turn brings health, environmental, social, and even economic benefits. This tool, called TRAPT, or Tranquillity Rating Prediction Tool, can be used by city planners, environmentalists, civic leaders, and citizens to promote new green spaces, such as parks, gardens, and sidewalk buffers. 

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