Lessons from the Tucson Region’s Urban Heat Island Map
Mead Mier, Sustainability Coordinator with Pima Association of Governments, joined our Extreme Heat Network webinar series to discuss her experiences with PAG’s Green Infrastructure Prioritization Tool, which hosts the Tucson region’s urban heat island map, and explains how the map is being used in decision-making to help increase heat resilience.
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I’ll be speaking about the causes and impacts of extreme heat on the Urban Land Institute (ULI) members-only Extreme Heat Resilience and Real Estate webinar on August 7, 2019 at 12-1pm ET. ULI members can register now for the webinar.
This webinar is part of the launch of ULI’s new report, Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate, that I helped provide content for and reviewed. The report outlines how extreme heat will affect the real estate and land use sectors and highlights the leadership and the potential positive impact of the real estate sector in implementing heat-resilient building designs and land uses. The ULI team worked to ensure the complexities of the causes of extreme heat covered thoroughly and that potential solutions listed in the report are applicable across diverse geographies and climates.
I chaired a week-long Urban Land Institute (ULI) Advisory Service Panel, June 2 – 7, 2019, on increasing the resilience of Miami’s downtown and urban waterfronts to sea level rise, urban flooding, and extreme heat. The panel was sponsored by the City of Miami and the Miami Downtown Development Authority, with the goal of developing meaningful recommendations for the protection and enhancement of Miami’s economic, natural, and human resources in the urban waterfront area. ULI assembled an amazing team of experts from across the country and it was a pleasure working with and learning from them.
Our panel met with the sponsors and was briefed on the urban waterfront background, toured the site to experience it ourselves, interviewed 80 local stakeholders representing various government agencies, the real estate sector, environmental experts, and community organizations. The interdisciplinary panel then deliberated on the greatest challenges and opportunities and practical recommendations.
We presented our findings to a packed room at the city council chambers on Friday, June 7, 2019. Our key recommendations to the City of Miami and Miami DDA included:
Embrace the legacy of the waterfront through design to protect from water, live with water, and create value from water.
Return to Miami’s history and embrace sensitive transit-oriented development (TOD) on the ridge for future growth.
Bring existing plans and visions together, act on strategies, and evaluate outcomes.
Pursue a portfolio of financial strategies to become the world leader in resilient finance, investment, and construction.
Reduce uncertainty for the community and private market through predictability, transparency, and accountability.
Incremental actions can lead to transformational changes.