How Socio-Demographic Factors and the Physical Environment Shape Resident Attitudes towards Green Infrastructure in Syracuse, NY

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Abstract
C. M. Foley. How socio-demographic factors and the physical environment shape resident
attitudes towards green infrastructure in Syracuse, NY, 124 pages, 20 tables, 16 figures, 2012.
The effectiveness of Green Infrastructure (GI) as a stormwater management tool relies on
resident participation. Their likelihood of participation is a function of their attitudes towards
GI. My objective was to assess how socio-demographics factors and the physical environment
surrounding respondents’ households shape resident attitudes and perception of barriers towards
GI. In turn these attitudes might impact land-use/land-cover patterns that affect both the social
and ecological metabolisms of two neighborhoods in Syracuse, NY. I calculated mean scores
and used regression analysis to determine if demographic or physical factors could explain
attitudes towards GI. Respondents indicated moderately high attitude scores towards
implementing GI. Female gender explained higher attitude scores towards some GI options;
Whites had lower attitude scores towards some GI options, although the strength of the
relationship is weak. Biophysical characteristics can also minimally explain some attitudes and
perceived barriers towards GI.
Keywords: green infrastructure; Syracuse, NY; environmental attitudes; urban metabolism
C. M.

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