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Mitigating the Impacts of the Urban Heat Island and Extreme Heat on Human Health in Southwestern Cities

Friday, August 25, 2017
Registration/Continental Breakfast: 8:30 AM - 9 AM
Workshop: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Flood Control District of Maricopa County
Adobe Conference Room
2801 W. Durango Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85009

Workshop Agenda

  3.0 AICP continuing education credits are available for attendance at this workshop.

I. Welcome and introduction of panelists (5 minutes) (R. Eastman)

II. Introduction to the urban heat island, extreme heat, and extreme heat events and best practices for cooling (15 - 20 minutes) (M. Guardaro)
    - Facilitated discussion with panelists and group (10 minutes)
  III. Presentation on heat surveillance and health (15 - 20 minutes) (V. Berisha)
    - Facilitated discussion with panelists and group (10 minutes)
  IV. Facilitated scenarios evaluation with full panel and participants (45 minutes)
    - Present neighborhood scenarios
- Develop solutions
- Evaluate solutions and barriers
  10 Minute Break
  V. Small groups sessions (10 minutes for each question in World Café style - participants rotate twice): Identifying leverage points in the planning process for reducing heat.
    - Question 1: What information do you need from the conservation and health communities to make an impact on heat?

- Question 2: What are the opportunities for incorporating extreme heat mitigation into public policy? General plans? Transportation plan? parks & open space plan? housing plan? Other public planning documents?

- Question 3: Where are the points in the planning process that new spatial data, models, and scenarios can be considered or integrated?

- Question 4: What is the role of planners to address extreme heat issues?

- 20 minutes for sharing out responses from small groups answering these questions with the goal of helping to inform The Nature Conservancy and their partner's strategy in the Nature's Cooling System Project to assist MAG integrate heat related data into planning tools.

Maggie Messerschmidt, Urban Conservation Program Manager,
The Nature Conservancy

Nich Weller, Research Associate, School of Sustainability,
Arizona State University

Melissa Davidson, Graduate Fellow, Urban Resilience to Extremes SRN,
School of Sustainability, Arizona State University


Paul Coseo, Ph.D., PLA, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley, Global Institute of Sustainability; Assistant Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts; Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

Melissa Guardaro, Graduate Fellow, Urban Resilience to Extremes SRN, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Vjollca Berisha, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Epidemiologist, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Office of Epidemiology

Liza Oz Golden, AICP, Healthy Community Design Program Coordinator at Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Stacie Beute, Director, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance

Tiffany Halperin - LEED, AP, ASLA, PLA, The Urban Culture Design Project


Heat Mitigation Digital Toolkit


AICP CM Credit: 3 Credits
(CM application submitted;
approval pending)

Not a member?

APA Arizona Members $65
Full-time Students (valid ID), Unemployed and Retired Planners (Members Only) $25
Non-Members $80

Price includes continental breakfast.

For More Information Call/Email:
APA Arizona Office

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