There is a growing body of knowledge revealing a sweeping array of connections between public health and green infrastructure – but not until now have the links between them been brought together in one comprehensive book. Green Infrastructure and Public Health provides an overview of current research and theories of the ecological relationships and mechanisms by which the environment influences human health and health behaviour.
Covering a broad spectrum of contemporary understanding, Coutts outlines:
This book presents the case for fundamental human dependence on the natural environment and creates a bridge between contemporary science on the structure and form of a healthy landscape and the myriad ways that a healthy landscape supports healthy human beings. It presents ideal reading for students and practitioners of landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and health studies.
Introduction, Part I, 1. Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, and the Study of their Contribution to Health, 2. The Evolution of the Ecology of Health, Part II, 3. Essential Ecosystem Services, 4. The Challenge of Climate Change, 5. Infectious Disease Ecology, 6. Physical Activity, 7. Mental Health, 8. Social Capital, Part III, 9. The Threats to Health Posed by Green Infrastructure, 10. Concluding Remarks, Part IV, 11. Public Health Promotion in England’s Community Forest Partnerships, 12. Valencia’s Jardín del Turia Park: From Natural Disaster to Valued Public Health Amenity, 13. Health and Hamburg’s Grünes Netz (Green Network) Plan
Watch a recording of the live webinar from March 2015 where Christopher Coutts discusses how landscape design can improve health.