Maximizing Value: Linking Climate Change Action and Well-Being in CIties.
Abstract: Cities are heavy emitters of GHG emissions and serve as centers of
innovation for climate change action. However, with limited resources, they must establish
priorities. As cities also become increasingly interested in improving quality of life and
livability, connecting these themes to climate action has increasing salience. This thesis
explores how cities might use climate action t... read moreo improve resident well-being. The
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is examined as a long-term standard for cities to track
trends in resident well-being against efforts to address climate change. Four cities in the
Great Lakes Region are studied for their approach to managing environmental, health, and
social consequences of climate change. Results suggest that cities in this region are
making connections between actions that both address climate change and improve well-being,
although sometimes not explicitly. In the context of climate adaptation, however, case
cities overlooked infrastructure improvement and risk assessment in favor of visible
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Ann Rappaport.
Committee: Julian Agyeman.
Keywords: Climate change, and Urban planning.read less