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The power of design in sustainable, equitable solutions

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The power of design in creating sustainable and equitable urban spaces is gaining recognition for its role in addressing climate resilience and equity
• Design is increasingly seen as a crucial tool for environmental mitigation and improving community well-being

🔭 The context: Urban areas, often at the forefront of climate impacts, benefit significantly from thoughtful design of urban green spaces that provide ecosystem services
• These considerations can significantly aid minority communities - for example, the urban heat island effect has been shown to disproportionately affect BIPOC communities due to historical redlining and systemic racism

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Sustainable design offers both immediate and long-term benefits through elements such as shade-providing trees and light-colored pavements to combat urban heat islands
• Additionally, urban vegetation enhances air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and improves stormwater management, contributing significantly to climate resilience

⏭️ What's next: A greater emphasis on equity in sustainable design is essential. The development of green spaces should be a collaborative effort with the community, aiming to avoid gentrification. The ultimate goal is to create urban spaces that are not only resilient but also serve as centers of community, equity, and hope

💬 One quote: "Design, in its most profound form, can indeed transform our world. We just need the vision to wield it right." (Julia Perbohner, Rocky Mountain NAACP)

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