Redlining was a racist, legal practice and its impacts are measurable in terms of environmental variables in US cities today. This resource examines redlining, urban environments, and climate change.
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Redlining and Climate Change is a resource that can be done completely remotely and was adapted in April 2020 for two classes taught post-COVID.
The introductory resources and readings focus on defining redlining and the impacts of urban tree canopy cover on mitigating temperatures. These can be assigned in addition to a short lecture on how urban ecological systems work and the drivers of urban heat island effect.
The worksheet is based around a few resources, including Hoffman et al. 2020, a paper that shows trends in impervious surface cover, land surface temperature, and canopy cover in cities that were historically redlined in the US. It has students interpret findings, write a plain language abstract, and also explore redlining and inequity in highway building in the Twin Cities.
Finally, there is an optional extension of the activity to include a more 'solutions-driven' perspective, where students work individually or in small teams to develop a 'bid' to create greenspace in a historically red-lined neighborhood to promote environmental justice and mitigate the impacts of climate change in the neighborhood.
- Hoffman 2020.pdf(PDF | 2 MB)
- Redlining and Climate -Pre-class readings.docx(DOCX | 18 KB)
- Redlining and Climate Change Worksheet.docx(DOCX | 2 MB)
- Urban Greenspace Design Competition Activity.docx(DOCX | 10 KB)
- Housing Segregation and Redlining in America: A Short History | NPR - YouTube
- Planting Trees Can Combat Effects Of Urban Heat Island, Climate Change : NPR
- Studies Find Redlining Linked To More Heat, Fewer Trees In Cities Nationwide : NPR
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