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NIHHIS Urban Heat Island Community of Practice Webinar Series


This summer, the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) and its partners are hosting a webinar series to feature community case studies on what happens after Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns are conducted. Each webinar will be themed to follow the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit’s (CRT) Steps to Resilience framework and how cities are working to address extreme heat risk.

These webinars will be recorded and the video will be available on this page and the NIHHIS YouTube Channel. We look forward to your participation in this series.


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Investigate Options 1 - The power of the Pen: Policies, Standards, Codes etc...

Date: September 2, 2021 | Time: 3:00 PM Eastern

The power of the Pen: Policies, Standards, Codes, Laws, Incentives, Subsidies, Bylaws, Protocols, Regulations for UHI Risk Management This session will focus on what actions have teeth. Beyond including heat in planning documents, what concrete policies can be put in place in municipalities to ensure that heat risk reduction actually happens - and how are they enforced? What are strategic partnerships that can be made to effect these policies? What climate and other data is needed to set thresholds and evaluate, enforce action/compliance? This session will feature resources from EPA as well as case studies from Washington D.C. and Denver, Colorado that show the many policy instruments possible for moving communities in a heat resilient direction.


Victoria Ludwig
National Program Manager, U.S. EPA Heat Island Reduction Program

Victoria Ludwig is the national program manager of U.S. EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program and also supports the agency’s State and Local Energy and Environment Program. In these capacities she provides technical and outreach support to local governments and other stakeholders on mitigating heat islands and implementing local climate solutions. She has 25 years of experience in the environmental field, specializing in landfill gas energy, sustainable materials management, and climate change mitigation in Latin America. She has degrees in biology and environmental management.


Successful Local Voluntary and Regulatory Approaches for Mitigating Urban Heat

This session will highlight case studies of local government policies, incentives, regulations, and other approaches to help advance the implementation of heat island mitigation measures. 

Power of the Pen Slides_ Melissa Daes.pptx


Melissa Deas
Acting Chief Resilience Office, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Melissa Deas serves as the Acting Chief Resilience Officer at the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). She leads efforts to ensure the District thrives in the face of change and builds resilience to sudden shocks (e.g. hurricanes, economic decline, and cyber-attacks) and chronic stresses (e.g. housing cost burden, stressed infrastructure, and inequality). She comes to HSEMA from the District’s Department of Energy and Environment, where she oversaw the implementation of the District’s climate preparedness plan: Climate Ready DC.


Integrating Heat into Policy in the District of Columbia

The District of Columbia is currently developing a comprehensive heat plan for the District. This presentation will review policy options that the District is considering and provide an overview of some of the analysis that underpins the plan.

Power of the Pen Slides_ Melissa Daes.pptx

Courtney Anderson
Net Zero Energy New Buildings and Homes Administrator , Climate Action, Sustainability, & Resiliency with City and County of Denver

Courtney Basile Anderson, leads Net Zero Energy New Buildings and Homes for the City & County of Denver in the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency. As a member of the Buildings and Homes Team, she works to ensure Denver is on track to meet its climate targets. Her background as an architect includes experience in residential, commercial, green building consulting, sustainability, codes and standards, design, construction administration, and research.


Denver’s Strategies for Addressing Urban Heat Island

This presentation will review the codes and regulations in Denver used to regulate urban heat island. The Green Building Ordinance is one of these regulations which requires cool roofs and has options for creating more green space within Denver.

Power of the Pen Slides_ Courtney Anderson.pptx





Past Webinars

How the Heat Watch Campaigns are Conducted [recording | slides]
Vivek Shandas (CAPA Strategies)

What happens when you go “hyperlocal” – the legacy of inequitable heat exposure in US cities [ recording ]
Jeremy Hoffman (Science Museum of Virginia) and Vivek Shandas (Portland State University)

Register For Full Webinar Series

For questions about the webinar series, please contact Noura Randle.

*More details describing each webinar will be available soon; this page is under active development. If you have a suggested topic or interest in speaking in this webinar series, please reach out to Noura Randle - NOAA Affiliate



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NIHHIS is an integrated information system that builds understanding of the problem of extreme heat, defines demand for climate services that enhance societal resilience, develops science-based products and services from a sustained climate science research program, and improves capacity, communication, and societal understanding of the problem in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to extreme heat.  NIHHIS is a jointly developed system by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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