With the ever increasing effects of climate change, it is pertinent that an effective, efficient, and economic solution be reached in order to mitigate the extremity of urban heat islands. Since heat can contribute to a variety of health problems, it is very important that the unequal distribution of heat be minimized in order to promote the equal well-being within a city. One substantial and popular method of doing so is through the planting of trees, as there is research done to show that they reduce air pollution on top of reducing overall surface temperatures. This paper explores how and where tree planting will be most productive at limiting temperature inequalities within the city of Richmond by looking at various factors such as tree coverage, population density, and various social factors such as average income and race. I will also conduct research into how tree planting endeavors currently proceed in the city. Ultimately, this paper concludes that Census Tract 204 in the East End and Census Tract 608 in the West End would most benefit from an increased number of trees. At the end of the paper, I will also discuss various recommendations for how tree planting might be improved within the city of Richmond, including increased maintenance, education, and privatization of tree planting.
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VanAtta, Nina. "oUR Air: Determining Ideal Locations for Tree Planting in Richmond, VA in Order to Deter Inequalities in Temperature." Paper for Environmental Studies Senior Seminar/Geography Capstone, University of Richmond, April 2022.