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Synthesis of Household Yard Area Dynamics in the City of San Juan Using Multi-Scalar Social-Ecological Perspectives

Title: Synthesis of Household Yard Area Dynamics in the City of San Juan Using Multi-Scalar Social-Ecological Perspectives.
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Name(s): Melendez-Ackerman, Elvia J., author
Nytch, Christopher J., author
Santiago-Acevedo, Luis E., author
Verdejo-Ortiz, Julio C., author
Santiago-Bartolomei, Raul, author
Ramos-Santiago, Luis E., author
Munoz-Erickson, Tischa A., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2016-05
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Urban sustainability discourse promotes the increased use of green infrastructure (GI) because of its contribution of important ecosystem services to city dwellers. Under this vision, all urban green spaces, including those at the household scale, are valued for their potential contributions to a city's social-ecological functioning and associated benefits for human well-being. Understanding how urban residential green spaces have evolved can help improve sustainable urban planning and design, but it requires examining urban processes occurring at multiple scales. The interaction between social structures and ecological structures within the subtropical city of San Juan, the capital and the largest city of Puerto Rico, has been an important focus of study of the San Juan ULTRA (Urban Long-Term Research Area) network, advancing understanding of the city's vulnerabilities and potential adaptive capacity. Here we provide a synthesis of several social-ecological processes driving residential yard dynamics in the city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, through the evaluation of empirical findings related to yard management decisions, yard area, and yard services. We emphasize the role of factors occurring at the household scale. Results are discussed within the context of shrinking cities using an integrated, multi-scalar, social-ecological systems framework, and consider the implications of household green infrastructure for advancing urban sustainability theory.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_wos_000377983800075 (IID), 10.3390/su8050481 (DOI)
Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem services, gardens, green infrastructure, green infrastructure (GI), household yards, management, patterns, residential pesticide use, shrinking cities, social ecological systems, Sustainability, urban, urbanization
Publication Note: The publisher’s version of record is available at http://www.dx.doi.org/10.3390/su8050481
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_wos_000377983800075
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Sustainability.
2071-1050
Issue: iss. 5, vol. 8

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Melendez-Ackerman, E. J., Nytch, C. J., Santiago-Acevedo, L. E., Verdejo-Ortiz, J. C., Santiago-Bartolomei, R., Ramos-Santiago, L. E., & Munoz-Erickson, T. A. (2016). Synthesis of Household Yard Area Dynamics in the City of San Juan Using Multi-Scalar Social-Ecological Perspectives. Sustainability. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_wos_000377983800075