Category Archives: Urban Forestry

National Geographic Cities Issue

Just a quick note:  The April 2019 issue of National Geographic focuses on Cities and how to redesign them to support health, sustainability and community.  The issue covers transit oriented design, China’s new urban design regulations, walking through Tokyo, the … Continue reading

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How Do Gym Location and Membership Interact to Impact Physical Activity?

We recently published a paper in the Journal of Urban Health, led by BEH alum Tanya Kaufman and frequent BEH collaborator Jana A. Hirsch, which found that individuals living near more commercial physical activity facilities (e.g. health club, tennis club, … Continue reading

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Spatial Patterns of Exposure to Tree Pollen in Cities

BEH investigator Gina Lovasi has recently worked with colleagues from Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) on a systematic review of how tree pollen levels vary spatially within cities (available at  This review is part of our larger effort to inform refinement … Continue reading

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Evidence Based Investment in Public Spaces

Through the development of numerous initiatives directed at transforming green spaces across the city, the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has improved the quality of life for New Yorkers. Due to her track record of studying green spaces and streetscapes, … Continue reading

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Urban Forestry project wins ATS Bates award

Monday at the American Thoracic Society annual conference Gina Lovasi was presented the Bates award for Promising Investigation in the Field of Environmental and Occupational Health. She received the award for an abstract reporting on our work studying exposure to … Continue reading

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