Planning for Urban Heat Resilience

I am thrilled to share that Planning Advisory Service (PAS) Report 600: Planning for Urban Heat Resilience has been published by the American Planning Association! My co-author, Sara Meerow, and I argue that the planning profession has a critical role to play in equitably addressing increasing heat risk and lay out the steps communities can… Continue reading Planning for Urban Heat Resilience

Planning for Extreme Heat: A National Survey of U.S. Planners

Excited to share my latest co-authored paper with Sara Meerow, Planning for Extreme Heat: A National Survey of U.S. Planners, published in the Journal of the American Planning Association. In this paper, we discuss heat planning efforts, including heat mitigation and heat management, and share results from a survey of U.S. planners on extreme heat.… Continue reading Planning for Extreme Heat: A National Survey of U.S. Planners

Nature: Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics

I am thrilled to have a new Comment piece on heat governance, Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics, published in Nature with coauthors Sara Meerow, David M. Hondula, V. Kelly Turner, and James C. Arnott. “Heat is an outlier hazard — invisible, frequently chronic and subtly pervasive. Unlike for flooding or wildfire, no single organization… Continue reading Nature: Deploy heat officers, policies and metrics

American Planning Association: Urban Heat Resilience

I’m happy to share the American Planning Association (APA)’s Planning Advisory Service (PAS) QuickNotes #95 on Urban Heat Resilience written by myself and Sara Meerow is now available! In this PAS QuickNotes we explain trends in increasing extreme heat risk, describe the concept of heat resilience, and provide an overview of heat mitigation and management… Continue reading American Planning Association: Urban Heat Resilience

Op-Ed: Cities must plan for heat resilience now

Daytime temperatures during the Pacific Northwest heatwave. Image source: climate.gov

With the increased attention to extreme heat events after the U.S. Southwest and then U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canadian heatwaves in June 2021, I wrote an op-ed piece on the urgent need to plan for heat resilience with Sara Meerow for the Reuters Thomson Foundation. A few short exceprts: Summer just started in the Northern… Continue reading Op-Ed: Cities must plan for heat resilience now