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The Role of Public Health in Environmental Planning

EPA Grant Number: U915839
Title: The Role of Public Health in Environmental Planning
Investigators: Waddick, Caitlin J.
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
EPA Project Officer: Edwards, Jason
Project Period:    
Project Amount: $83,890
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (2000)
Research Category: Fellowship - Urban and Regional Planning , Academic Fellowships , Economics and Decision Sciences



The objectives of this research project are to: (1) investigate the role of public health in environmental planning and the role of planning in public health; (2) explore how to implement principles and practices that protect public health and the environment, especially at the community level; and (3) apply and advance my previous work in environmental planning, housing policy, land use planning, and community development.


This research project will use a case study approach to examine the processes in which existing healthy communities have formed and the role of planning in their development. I have already identified five cases of healthy communities that I plan to study. I have performed similar case study research that investigates the role of planning in the implementation of sustainability principles in metropolitan organizations. In addition, I plan to survey individuals with MCS to determine the planning and design standards necessary for healthy communities. Ultimately, I would like to update "sustainable" and "green" building design standards to consider principles of public health and less toxic living.

Supplemental Keywords:

fellowship, public health, environmental planning, land use, community development, land use planning., RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, POLLUTION PREVENTION, sustainable development, decision-making, Ecology and Ecosystems, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Science, Economics & Decision Making, community involvement, environmental awareness, green buildings, environmental decision making, environmental values, environmental attitudes, community based environmental planning, environmental policy, public health, community participation, community-based, public policy

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