Fast facts, compelling research & tasty advocacy snacks

There’s a growing body of evidence to help power your case for an urban green space—a Sacred Place. Here’s a compilation of research summarized into short posts or easy-to-share graphics—that support the creation of local Sacred Places. 

Even small urban green space can lower depression rates, new research confirms

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Do I need to like nature to benefit from being outside?

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How much does nature reduce stress?

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Can trees help my heart?

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Can nature affect my thoughts?

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What does a healthy, thriving city look like?

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Neighborhood green space and health in a large urban center

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Can nature play a positive role before and after birth?

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A better way to fight neighborhood crime

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Green spaces as an “under-recognized healer”

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In the wake of natural disasters, here’s what we need to do better

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There’s a blindspot in most post-disaster recovery efforts, and it may surprise you

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Natural vs. highly-designed landscapes—which is better?

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What makes great cities succeed?

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Air pollution damages the brain, but trees can help

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Take a Mental Break, Eat Your Veggies, and Other Sage Advice

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Gardens engage the mind, muscles, and hope

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Does Your Brain Prefer a Green Road?

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This Portland Hospital System is Using Nature to Help its Employees Combat Stress

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Running from Tigers and Deadlines

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TKF Foundation’s Urban Park Vision

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Mind and Body in a Nearby Quiet Space

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Sacred Places in Urban Environments (Infographic)

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What is Sacred?

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Healthy Minds and Strong Communities

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The Importance of Nature in Older Populations

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Healthy Systems, from Cells to Cities

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Risks and Benefits in our Urban World

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Our Aging Cities, Our Aging Bodies

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Supporting Elder Health in our Communities

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Take a deep breath, listen to your self.

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Feeling Stressed? Take a Time Out in Nature

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What do we need to be healthy?

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Sacred in the Public Realm

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Mindfulness in Green Spaces

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Environmental Equality Infographic

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Evidence of Nature Benefits for Mental Wellness #3

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Evidence of Nature Benefits for Mental Wellness #2

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Evidence of Nature Benefits for Mental Wellness #1

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Feeling Stressed? Take a Time Out in Nature

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Recommended Reading: Environmental Design and Research on Human Health Effects of Open Spaces in Urban Areas

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Greening Vacant Lots Can Reduce Crime

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"Just for today I am grateful for being alive and to have this quiet space."

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