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May 9, 2022

In the latest episode of America Adapts, Doug Parsons hosts Dr. Ladd Keith and Dr Sara Meerow to discuss their new book, Planning for Urban Heat Resilience.  Sara is an Assistant Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University and Ladd is an Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments at The University of Arizona.  Ladd and Sara discuss: the complexities of urban heat; heat equity; planning tools; case studies of cities doing urban heat resilience effectively and policies for federal approaches to heat management.

Topics covered:

  • Review of new book, Planning for Urban Heat Resilience
  • Understanding the complexities of urban heat.
  • Developing urban heat strategies.
  • What is ‘heat equity’?
  • Planning tools or urban heat resilience.
  • Case studies of cities doing urban heat planning effectively.
  • How this book could be relevant to federal policy makers.
  • Resources and networks for planners focusing on extreme heat.
  • Advancing urban heat resilience.

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Links in episode:

Sara Meerow & Ladd Keith. 2021. “Planning for extreme heat: A national survey of U.S. planners.” Journal of the American Planning Association.

Ladd Keith, Sara Meerow, Tess Wagner. 2019. “Planning for extreme heat: A review.” Journal of Extreme Events. 6 (3&4): 2050003

Ladd and Sara’s article in Planning Magazine:
Ladd Keith & Sara Meerow. 2021. Beat Extreme Heat with These 8 Tactics.” Planning Magazine.

Ladd and Sara’s op ed:
Ladd Keith & Sara Meerow. 2021. “Opinion: Cities must plan for heat resilience now.” Thompson Reuters Foundation.

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