Greening a Renewable Lemon Grove

Erlinde Cornelis


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The City of Lemon Grove is a continuously developing community that is actively seeking new ways of implementing sustainable initiatives. Community involvement is critical concerning reformation of current greenery within Lemon Grove. Our team of five students decided to explore the varying perspectives of residents pertaining to the current landscaping conditions of their neighborhoods, parks, and office spaces. Urbanization of developing cities is accompanied by the need to preserve trees and green infrastructure, and our secondary research studied five notable benefits that trees provide for cities such as Lemon Grove. Our chosen topics include reduction of carbon emissions, preservation of urban biodiversity, enhancement of property value, improvement of shade cover, and effects on physical and mental health. After reporting on the advantages that trees bring to urban areas, our team designed questions for current residents that were salient in helping answer our research question; “What methods can we use to find local opportunities for urban green projects and how can we measure the residents’ willingness to actively participate in tree expansion?”. We constructed an online survey using Qualtrics in order to evaluate rankings, capture opinions, and measure enthusiasm to contribute to the expansion of trees in Lemon Grove. After distribution through social media, we were able to collect 69 valid responses which we methodically analyzed using SPSS. Our findings indicate the community aspires to develop better green infrastructure, and most residents are willing to actively assist in the maintenance and fostering of trees for the betterment of their living conditions. We conclude our report with recommendations for the city based on our findings, and a discussion of our limitations that arose throughout our project.

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