Extreme Heat Webinar with the Urban Land Institute and Design Workshop

Extreme Heat and Real Estate

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:

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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11030265