Excited to share that the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN)’s resources for decision-making on managing extreme heat and COVID-19 is now out! I participated with a team of almost 70 experts from 25 countries to develop and review the technical brief, planning checklist, and Q&A. We will continue to review the science as it is produced and update the resources as we learn more about COVID-19.
COVID-19 amplifies the risks of hot weather, and 2020 is on track to be one of the hottest years on record. Countries should expect and prepare for hot weather and heatwaves, in addition to managing COVID19. Hot weather conditions present individuals and local decision-makers with new challenges on the optimal ways to stay safe from both hot weather and COVID-19. This information series aims to highlight some issues and options to take into consideration when managing the health risks of extreme heat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We were joined by Katharine Burgess, Vice President of Urban Resilience and Elizabeth Foster, Manager of Urban Resilience at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Alex Ramirez, Office Director and Associate at Design Workshop for our latest Extreme Heat Network webinar. Our presenters discussed how private and public sector real estate leaders are mitigating and adapting to extreme heat. ULI shared key takeaways from a 2019 report on this topic, and Design Workshop presented a case study of their award-winning Bagby Street reconstruction project in Houston, Texas where mitigating temperatures was a guiding consideration.
Several Urban Land Institute resources mentioned throughout the presentation:
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