Sustainable Built Environments Microcampus launched at UPC in Lima, Peru

Some good news to share with everyone during these uncertain times! Despite the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, my colleagues at the University of Arizona and I continue our mission to educate the next generation of sustainability professionals. This week we launched our first Sustainable Built Environments Microcampus at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) in Lima, Peru!

The University of Arizona Microcampus program is a partnership between our degree programs and partner institutions across the world and, “allows students to complete a U.S.-accredited degree at a campus convenient to them. Microcampus students learn from Arizona professors, gain access to Arizona resources, and have the option to study abroad at the Arizona campus in Tucson, USA.”

“We are excited to continue the SBE program’s success beyond our Arizona campus and online programs. Our educational philosophy is to combine the expertise of our faculty in design and planning for more sustainable and resilient built environments with expertise that our Peruvian faculty colleagues bring, particularly in the local environmental, economic and social context. We look forward to supporting the global community of sustainability students, practitioners and researches that the microcampus will connect.”

Ladd Keith, PhD, Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments
Wilma Wildcat at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Peru. (University of Arizona)

Read the full story on our program launch and learn more about our microcampus at UPC.

Participation and Engagement of Public Health Stakeholders in Climate and Health Adaptation

I have a new co-authored journal paper out on engaging public health stakeholders for climate adaption! Using a case study of Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Coalition on Climate Change and Public Health workgroup and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program, we explored the role of scientist-public health stakeholder collaborations. We discuss the important role public health organizations can play in convening bodies for broader adaptation efforts, the benefits of analyzing and addressing gaps in stakeholder networks, and the need for sustained funding for more robust climate adaptation efforts.

Read the full paper


Austhof, Erika, Vjollca Berisha, Ben McMahan, Gigi Owen, Ladd Keith, Matthew Roach, and Heidi E. Brown. 2020. Engaging public health stakeholders in climate and health adaptation. Atmosphere, 11(3), 265.

Extreme Heat Network Webinar with Pete Aniello

Rapid Production of Urban Heat Island Maps for the U.S.

Pete Aniello joined our Extreme Heat Network webinar series to present The Trust for Public Land‘s new urban heat island dataset. The publicly accessible dataset is analysis-ready and contains the relative heat severity for every pixel for 14,000 cities, towns, and census-designated places in the United States. The 30-meter resolution raster was derived from Landsat 8 imagery band 10 (ground-level thermal sensor) from the summers of 2018 and 2019.

Pete Aniello, Senior Manager of Science and Analytics at The Trust for Public Land (TPL), has over 30 years of experience in the geospatial field and is TPL’s technical lead for geospatial analysis. Prior to TPL, Pete worked at Sandia National Laboratories as a senior scientist; Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) as a technical manager; Digital Globe as a photogrammetrist; Raytheon as a program manager of the ASTER Digital Elevation Model (DEM) program; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as a geospatial analyst. Pete graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Kansas, and a Master of Engineering in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Colorado – Denver. He is an American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Certified Photogrammetrist (CP), and an Esri ArcGIS Certified Desktop Professional. He has been a resident of the southwest for 20 years and currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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