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Title Summary
Benefits of Green Infrastructure This article describes how a community benefits from water quality and quantity, air quality, climate resiliency, habitat and wildlife improvement through green infrastructure.
Urban Planning and the Importance of Green Spaces in Cities to Human and Environmental Health

This article discusses open space in urban environments, and lists the benefits it provides including healthy habitats and preserving regional ecosystems.

This article also discusses Economic Benefits as well as Physical and Mental Health Benefits.

8 Reasons Why Parks Are Important

This article lists the importance of parks. It describes how parks have a significant impact on the environment.

This article also discusses Social and Cultural Benefits and Physical and Mental Benefits.