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Reviews on Environmental Health

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Volume 31, Issue 1


Creating healthy and just bioregions

Keith Pezzoli
  • Urban Studies and Planning Program, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0521, La Jolla, CA, USA
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Published Online: 2016-01-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0050


Dramatic changes taking place locally, regionally, globally, demand that we rethink strategies to improve public health, especially in disadvantaged communities where the cumulative impacts of toxicant exposure and other environmental and social stressors are most damaging. The emergent field of Sustainability Science, including a new bioregionalism for the 21st Century, is giving rise to promising place-based (territorially rooted) approaches. Embedded in this bioregional approach is an integrated planning framework (IPF) that enables people to map and develop plans and strategies that cut across various scales (e.g. from regional to citywide to neighborhood scale) and various topical areas (e.g. urban land use planning, water resource planning, food systems planning and “green infrastructure” planning) with the specific intent of reducing the impacts of toxicants to public health and the natural environment. This paper describes a case of bioregionally inspired integrated planning in San Diego, California (USA). The paper highlights food-water-energy linkages and the importance of “rooted” community-university partnerships and knowledge-action collaboratives in creating healthy and just bioregions.

Keywords: bioregion; green infrastructure; integrated planning framework; rootedness; Sustainability Science


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Corresponding author: Robert Allen Leiter, FAICP, Adjunct Professor of Practice, Urban Studies and Planning Program, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0521, La Jolla, CA 92093-0521, USA, Phone: +619-261-6321, E-mail:

Received: 2015-10-15

Accepted: 2015-11-20

Published Online: 2016-01-20

Published in Print: 2016-03-01

Citation Information: Reviews on Environmental Health, Volume 31, Issue 1, Pages 103–109, ISSN (Online) 2191-0308, ISSN (Print) 0048-7554, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/reveh-2015-0050.

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