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Highlight IDTitleStrategic Program Area(s)YearStation
Photo of Emissions from a waterside facility, contributing to air pollution. USDA Forest Service
ID: 604
Air Pollution as a Psychosocial Stressor

A Forest Service scientist and her research partners found that air pollution contributes to physical and psychosocial conditions that act as co ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Water, Air, and Soil2014NRS
Photo of Photos of human uses of cleaned and greened vacant lots.
ID: 1221
Can “cleaned and greened” lots take on the role of public greenspace?

Vacant lots are a problem that cities are increasingly addressing through greening efforts. Questions remain about if and how these green space ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS
Photo of Overview map of treatment and control lots in Youngstown, OH. Michelle Kondo, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 957
Community Greening Can Reduce Crime

In Youngstown, Ohio, vacant lots greened by community members experienced reductions in violent assaults, while vacant lots greened by contracto ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use2016NRS
Photo of Illustration of the relationship between case-control and case-crossover study designs. Using a case-control approach, a group of case participants who were assaulted (top right) is matched with a control group of like participants who were not assaulted (bottom right). Their environments at the same time of day can be compared for differences. Using a case-crossover approach, the environment of each case at the time of the assault can be compared to the environment each case experienced earlier in the day (top left) to rule-out the influence of factors that differ between case and control participants.
ID: 1220
Does urban tree cover play a role in reducing violence in cities?

Green space and vegetation may play a protective role for urban violence.

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS
Photo of Photos of remediated buildings and vacant lots.
ID: 1222
Economic benefits from violence reduction associated with remediation of abandoned buildings and vacant lot greening

Abandoned buildings and vacant lots are blighted spaces seen daily by many urban residents and may create physical opportunities for violence by ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS
Photo of Green stormwater infrastructure in Center City, Philadelphia. Rebecca Schwartz, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
ID: 952
Elemental Concentrations in Urban Green Stormwater Infrastructure Soils

A study by a Forest Service scientist and her partners found that in an urban area, soils in green stormwater infrastructure facilities appear t ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2016NRS
Photo of Stormwater tree trench and pervious pavers. USDA Forest Service
ID: 849
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Reduces Crime

Forest Service scientists tested the effects of green stormwater infrastructure installation on health and safety outcomes across Philadelphia ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Water, Air, and Soil2015NRS
Photo of Before, during and after vacant lot greening intervention
ID: 1433
Greening Vacant Lots Reduces Crime, Increases Use

A study by a Northern Research Station (NRS) scientist and partners found that residents living near vacant lots that were cleaned and greened r ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use
Water, Air, and Soil
2018NRS
Photo of Doors and windows remediation before and after. USDA Forest Service
ID: 855
Low-cost Urban Building Improvement Can Reduce Crime

In a study by a Forest Service scientist and her partners, Philadelphia’s “Doors-and-Windows Ordinance,” which requires repairs to abandon ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Cleaning-and-greening at Wister Street lot.  Robert Grossmann, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
ID: 856
Seeing a Greened Vacant Lot May Lower Stress

Studies by Forest Service scientists showed that walking adjacent to greened vacant lots decreased participants' heart rate significantly more t ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

Resource Management and Use2015NRS
Photo of Glass of clear water.
ID: 1204
Turbidity of drinking water supplies in relation to incidence of gastrointestinal illness

From examination of empirical studies of the relationship between drinking water turbidity and the number of acute gastrointestinal illness case ...

Principal Investigator : Michelle Kondo, Ph.D.

 2017NRS