Community-based Solutions to Heat in Urban Settings

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This event is the first session of the virtual National Adaptation Forum Heat Stress Series, brought to you by EcoAdapt. 

Urban communities face urban heat island effect, on top of existing health outcome disparities due to socioeconomic inequities. As cities experience more frequent and longer periods of extreme heat, some are working toward solutions through equity-focused, community-based approaches. This session will feature Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Beat the Heat initiative along with the Nature’s Cooling Systems project in Phoenix, Arizona to provide insight into planning and implementing strategies to address extreme heat dangers at the neighborhood level. 


Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

Cheyenne Flores, Climate Resiliency Fellow, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

Priscilla Johnson, Hunting Park Neighborhood Block Captain and Coordinator, Philadelphia

Charles Lanier, Executive Director, Hunting Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Inc., Philadelphia

Masavi Perea, Coalitions and Training Director, Chispa Arizona, Pheonix

Melissa Guardaro, Assistant Research Professor, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute, Arizona State University

Ryan Winkle, Executive Director, RAIL CDC, Phoenix East Valley