Green spaces not only slow global warming, but reduce crime and improve learning

The DTSR took note of a recent study by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which showed that leafy green spaces can reduce domestic violence rates, relieve ADHD symptoms, and reduce crime. In fact, city buildings with high levels of greenery had 48% fewer property crimes and 56% fewer violent crimes. City kids with bedroom views of greenery had higher test scores than kids that just looked at pavement.

The same group also believes that people who live in green communities tend to procrastinate less. We’ll get around to investigating this further. Maybe tomorrow.

Source: Keep America Beautiful




1 comment:

Blue-Xela said...

Here's a great link to bring the issue home:

http://www.arborday.org/trees/benefits.cfm


From my own experience, I'm more likely to chat with stangers at some place like the Arboretum than a treeless sidewalk.

And to play free-market advocate: "Landscaping, especially with trees, can increase property values as much as 20 percent."—Management Information Services/ICMA