Investigating evidence that urban green infrastructure can significantly enhance mental, social and physical well-being.
There is convincing but fragmented evidence that urban green infrastructure can significantly enhance the physical environment and mental, social, and physical well-being.
This community engagement pilot focuses on a novel integrated measurement approach - a ‘mobile crowdsensing network’ - which engages and trains community partners to measure the impact of urban green spaces, and identify future potentials for urban greening initiatives.
Bringing together interdisciplinary research projects (NRC LCEE Cluster: Plants and Architecture, Greener Grangetown Impact Analysis, and Urban Honey project) and academics from eight schools, the project will pilot in Grangetown with City-Region based community gardening participants identified through Community Gateway and Grow Cardiff, Innovate Trust, Grangetown Primary School, and Pollen8Cymru.
The project was launched on 12 May 2016 at the National Museum of Wales where volunteers tested technologies to carry out three surveys simultaneously (birds, air quality and soundscape surveys) within two hours.
Four workshop sessions introduced environmental and health benefits of urban greening and trained volunteers in introductory measuring techniques.
Over a twelve month period, six key individuals or groups were identified and trained to operate mobile sensors measuring urban greening impact on urban heat islands, air and water quality and acoustics, and contributed to research on benefits to mental health and well-being, place-based identity, sociality and political empowerment.
The Environmental Crowdsensing group hope to relaunch new sessions in 2019. To keep up to date with future events, please visit the Environmental Crowdsensing group Facebook page.