Regional resilience

Developing Green Infrastructure in Low-Income Communities

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

Green infrastructure (or GI, i.e., spaces with permeable surfaces dominated by vegetation) is not always available or accessible to residents of low-income communities.  This community-university-partnership works to address this inequity in Tucson, Arizona, helping to engage community members in planning and development of a greenway using federal funds. This road is a designated bike route that links residents to multiple amenities including a library, a transit station, numerous parks, and more than a dozen schools. It is expected to serve residents not only as a safe route to schools and amenities, but also as GI that would decrease floods and extreme heat.

The project aims to build capacity, social capital, and communication between community members, city officials, neighborhood leaders, university scientists, and local NGOs.

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CAZMEX

Lead CCASS Contact: Christopher Scott

CAZMEX is a binational effort to address shared challenges in Mexico and Arizona from rapid growth and social problems that are exacerbated by climate change. Theme areas are: climate extremes (particularly drought); water resources and their management; ecosystem processes and services; food systems; renewable energy; social and institutional dynamics and governance; and economic development.

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