My colleague Sara Meerow, PhD, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and I are studying how urban planners address extreme heat. Our goal is to survey planning professionals from a wide range of U.S. communities to better understand how extreme heat risk perceptions, current planning activities, and barriers to action vary across the country. This information will be useful for practitioners and researchers in the effort to create more extreme heat resilient communities.
This survey should only take about 10 minutes and participants will be eligible to win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards upon completing it. Please take it, share it with your urban planning colleagues, and let me know if there is a network you are a part of that we can share the survey with!
Jeremy Hoffman, PhD joined our Extreme Heat Network webinar series to discuss how community-based participatory research campaigns, known as “citizen science”, can aid in the creation of urban heat island maps and increase extreme heat resilience. He will discuss the impacts of campaigns in Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Washington, D.C., and Boston, MA as case studies.
Jeremy Hoffman, PhD is the Chief Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia. Dr. Hoffman graduated summa cum laude and with Distinction in Geology from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, then earned his Ph.D. in Geology with a focus in Paleoclimatology at Oregon State University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and OMSI Science Communication Fellow. After 2.5 years at the Science Museum of Virginia as their Climate & Earth Science Specialist, producing climate science educational content, he has now assumed the role of Chief Scientist.
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As a panelist, Ladd provides dual insight into municipal planning and resilience issues. As a panel Chair, his ability to facilitate the panel process, particularly with complex land use challenges, is a strength noted and appreciated by his fellow panelists. Ladd brings out the best in panelists and encourages each to provide their unique insight throughout the panel process. He continually keeps the broader goals of the panel in mind and is a calming presence even when long days during the panel week can ruffle any seasoned professional.
The ULI Advisory Services Rising Star Award was created in 2015 as a tribute to newer volunteers who have provided extraordinary service on panels and demonstrated incredible enthusiasm for and commitment to the Advisory Services Panel Program.