Disaster Recovery

Extreme weather is on the rise. And scientists are warning that, due to global warming, the trend is likely to continue. From hurricanes to floods to tornadoes; they’ve claimed thousands of lives and billions of dollars in recent years. And the trauma lasts much longer than the national attention given the events. There’s a growing understanding of the power of nature to help individuals - as well as communities - heal following disasters like Hurricane Harvey and Sandy - and the F5 tornado that flattened parts of Joplin, Missouri a few years ago.

  Research about Disaster Recovery

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What happens in a college green space? More than you may imagine.

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

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Neighborhood green space and health in a large urban center

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Designer’s approach for scene selection in tests of preference and restoration along a continuum of natural to manmade environments

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Nature and the Environment: The Psychology of Its Benefits and Its Protection

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Preliminary Analysis of TKF “Book & Bench” texts

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Seeing the forest for the trees: hybridity and social-ecological symbols, rituals and resilience in post-disaster contexts

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Refuges of local resilience: Community gardens in post-Sandy New York City

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Recognizing Stewardship Practices as Indicators of Social Resilience

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Holistic Care in the US Military I—The Epidaurus Project

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Research on the Beneficial Aspects of the Experience of Nature in Cities

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Reflect & Restore | Urban Green Space for Mental Wellness

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Feeling Stressed? Take a Time Out in Nature

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The Benefits of Nearby Nature in Cities for Older Adults

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Nearby Nature for Human Health | Sites to Systems.

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The Sacred and Nearby in Nature and Cities.

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Parents, communities take note: Teens need nature too.

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Can nature play a positive role before and after birth?

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Disaster recovery and a nature fix

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, nature is helping wounded warriors heal from invisible wounds

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Nature Meets Healthcare in Portland, Oregon

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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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How nature helped one Rockaway community recover following Hurricane Sandy

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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 happens when you go for a walk?

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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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  More Resources about Disaster Recovery

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What happens in a college green space? More than you may imagine.

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Hurricane Healing Garden

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Butterfly Angels

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A filmmaker’s perspective; Alden Stoner on Hurricane Healing Garden

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How nature helped one Rockaway community recover following Hurricane Sandy

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

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Telling a story—a remarkable story

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Nature Sacred community spaces open and thriving

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Creating Place

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What is community?

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New Open Space Sacred Place Dedicated in Joplin MO

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Nature and Cities: An Interview with Armando Carbonell

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New Installations Take Shape: Update from Landscapes of Resilience

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Health

Explore the many ways nature benefits health and wellbeing.

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Social cohesion

Discover how green spaces help build stronger communities.

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Disaster recovery

Find out how nature is being employed to help individuals and communities cope with tragedy.

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PTSD and Recovery

Learn about how nature is being drawn into new approaches to treating “invisible wounds”.

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Design & Restorative Places

Discover how purpose-built design is being used to encourage more meaningful nature experiences.

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Urban Resilience

Get informed of what experts are saying about the need for nature in sustainable cities.

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Perhaps you’ve been eyeing a vacant lot that’s just begging for green space. Or a neglected corner, ripe for a little pocket garden. Maybe you aren’t even sure yet—but you know your community could use some peace. Mindful reflection. Unity. Whatever the case, we’ve honed a method rooted in accessibility. These are small, often modest, green spaces meant to be folded into existing landscapes. See what we mean.

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