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The Green Heart Project: Studying the impact of trees and green space on cardiovascular health

Three women plant a tree on a city street
The Nature Conservancy

The Green Heart Project: Studying the impact of trees and green space on cardiovascular health

March 14, 2018 | 1:00-2:15pm ET
Ray Yeager, University of Louisville
Chris Chandler, The Nature Conservancy

Louisville Kentucky's urban laboratory is embarking on a study of how environmental differences within the city's neighborhoods give rise to health disparities, and how local social networks and personal environments created by lifestyle choices bear upon individual health and well-being. This study will specifically examine the impact that urban forests and green spaces have on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. While previous studies have shown that exposure to air pollutants like those found in urban areas increases CVD risk and mortality, the impact of the urban forest and overall green spaces on CVD has not been directly assessed. This presentation will discuss the pragmatic, interventional trial known as The Green Heart Project, designed to test the hypothesis that exposure to neighborhood greenery diminishes CVD risk by decreasing the levels of local air pollution.


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The Green Heart Project
Ray Yeager
Green Heart Research Coordinator
University of Louisville

The Green Heart Project
Chris Chandler
Kentucky Director of Urban Conservation
The Nature Conservancy

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

The Green Heart Project
Keep up to date with the Green Heart Project at the University of Louisville and The Nature Conservancy webpages and check out this video for a brief overview of the project.

Funding Trees for Health
Written by The Nature Conservancy with input from The Trust for Public Land and Analysis Group, this white paper identifies street trees as one of the most overlooked strategies for improving public health in our cities and towns.

Planting Healthy Air
The Nature Conservancy studied the effects of trees on air quality in 245 of the world’s largest cities and documented the findings in this report.

US Forest Service Resources

Urban Nature for Human Health and Well-Being
This report provides an overview of the current research related to nature and public health (focusing on five key areas: pollution and physical health; active living; mental health; stress reduction; and social health, cohesion, and resilience) and discusses issues of social equity and access to nature in urban environments.

Vibrant Cities Lab
A partnership between the US Forest Service, American Forests, and the National Association of Regional Councils, the Vibrant Cities Lab provides curated resources and case studies to help city managers, policymakers, and advocates build thriving urban forest programs.

Green Cities: Good Health
The US Forest Service partners with the University of Washington to maintain Green Cities: Good Health, a website that pulls together 40 years of research showing how the experience of nature improves human health, well-being, and resilience.