System-wide green infrastructure in parks plays a critical role in protecting communities from the harmful effects of climate change and enhancing community resilience, including providing shade, reducing localized flooding, and improving physical and mental health.

NRPA is working to ensure park and recreation professionals have the tools to communicate about, advocate for and standardize greener parks to improve community well-being, especially in communities facing environmental, health, economic and social injustices.

Climate for Health Ambassadors Training

NRPA is pleased to partner with Climate for Health to offer a free Climate for Health Ambassadors Training that will disseminate climate action tools, resources and communications to the park and recreation profession. This training will empower professionals to speak and act confidently on climate change, its impact on health and solutions for their community. The virtual training will be held over two days: June 22 and 24, 2021, 2 to 4 p.m. EDT. Register today, since space is limited.

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Resources

NRPA, in partnership with the Willamette Partnership, developed a suite of resources for park and recreation professionals and partners to address the inequitable climate-related health impacts and advocate for solutions. Learn more about this work in the Creating Greener Parks for Health video.

Webinar Series

The Greener Parks for Health webinar series, hosted on NRPA’s online learning system, will highlight evidence, targeted messaging strategies, policy and funding mechanisms, and case studies to help you advance greener parks in your community. A recording of the webinar, presentation slides and other resources now are available to everyone:

Research

NRPA, in partnership with the Willamette Partnership, conducted a review of the literature, policies and perceptions around parks, green infrastructure and health outcomes. While this research supports greener parks as a solution to advancing health outcomes, continued resource creation, messaging, investment and research is needed to support park and recreation professionals. Below are summaries of these research efforts:

 

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