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NIHHIS Urban Heat Island Community of Practice Webinar Series

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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 3 - Green Cooling Infrastructure

Date: September 30, 2021 | Time: 3:00 PM Eastern

One of the most popular interventions is planting trees, and creating accessible green spaces and water features to mitigate heat, long term. This session will cover tree canopy assessment, planting and cooling strategies, combined with strengthening community cohesion and resiliency. Threaded throughout is the intersection with environmental justice, public health, crime reduction, and equitable approaches to improvements that benefit current residents.

Moderator

Eric Greenfield
Acting Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator Northeast States

After an early career teaching, serving local government and working on watershed protection policy, Eric Greenfield joined the Forest Service Northern Research Station after earning his PhD at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2005. He has served as a forester supporting urban forestry research as a part of the team led by Dr. David Nowak in Syracuse, NY. Over the last 15 years on the team, Greenfield has worked on iTree, Resource Planning Act reporting, the Environmental Protection Agency’s EnviroAtlas, and several research manuscripts. He is currently serving on a detail in the Forest Service as Acting Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator for Northeast States.


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Speakers:

Erica Smith Fichman
Community Forestry Manager, City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

Erica has spent her career connecting people with plants. As the Community Forestry Manager at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, she is the project lead for the Philly Tree Plan. Erica also supervises the amazing TreePhilly team who provide Philadelphia residents with the resources they need to plant and care for trees in their own back yard. She is an ISA certified arborist and the recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation's 2018 Trailblazer Award. Erica received a B.S. in biology from Haverford College and an M.S. in environmental horticulture from the University of California, Davis.


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Heat Resilience Through Green Infrastructure (Part I)

The City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Water Department will present the city's green infrastructure plans from the Urban Forest Strategic Plan to the GSI program, Green City Clean Waters, and findings from community collaborations on the topic as documented in Beat the Heat Hunting Park.

Cheyenne Flores
Community Climate Resilience Specialist, City of Philadelphia- Office of Sustainability

Cheyenne Flores is the Community Climate Resiliency Specialist for the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability (OOS). Cheye leads neighborhood-based climate resiliency efforts, specifically focused on heat resilience and energy equity, and specializes in community policy development rooted in data and storytelling. Some of her current and past work includes the implementation of Beat the Heat Hunting Park: A Community Heat Relief Plan, and The Philadelphia Energy Burden Focus Groups. In addition, Cheye supports municipal climate resiliency efforts for OOS.


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Heat Resilience Through Green Infrastructure (Part II)

The City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Water Department will present the city's green infrastructure plans from the Urban Forest Strategic Plan to the GSI program, Green City Clean Waters, and findings from community collaborations on the topic as documented in Beat the Heat Hunting Park.

Maura Jarvis
Community Outreach Specialist, Public Affairs, City of Philadelphia Water Department

Maura Jarvis is a proud Philadelphia native who is passionate about working with her local community as a Community Outreach Specialist for the Philadelphia Water Department. As a member of the Public Engagement team, Maura’s role includes informing North Philadelphia communities about the City’s green stormwater infrastructure program: Green City, Clean Waters; drinking water quality in the city; and related sustainability initiatives. Maura holds a degree in Sustainable Product Development from Drexel University.


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Heat Resilience Through Green Infrastructure (Part III)

The City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Water Department will present the city's green infrastructure plans from the Urban Forest Strategic Plan to the GSI program, Green City Clean Waters, and findings from community collaborations on the topic as documented in Beat the Heat Hunting Park.

Leandro Castro
Program Coordinator, Groundwork Rhode Island

Leandro “Kufa” Castro has been with Groundwork RI since 2018 as Program Coordinator, focusing on incorporating creative practices to spread environmental awareness, specifically about climate change resiliency in urban communities. Kufa is also a Project Assistant at Rhode Island Latino Arts working on a cultural history tour of the South Side and West End of Providence. Originally from the Dominican Republic and raised in Pawtucket, Kufa is an artist, actor, and media producer who helped develop a new adaptation of “Comedy of Errors/Comedia de Equivocaciones'' for Trinity Rep’s touring production for the summer of 2019, which toured public libraries and parks across Providence County. Kufa also worked as an Agricultural Apprentice with the Southside Community Land Trust from April to September 2018.


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Climate Safe Neighborhoods - Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI (Part I)

Groundwork Rhode Island has been leading a Climate Safe Neighborhoods project for three years in the small, post-industrial cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI. Both communities have significant climate-related challenges including heat island effect and impaired drainage for stormwater due to high rates of impervious surface and lack of tree canopy and green space, particularly in less affluent areas. Staff members will discuss Groundwork RI's efforts to engage community members and both municipalities in climate resiliency efforts via youth employment, tree planting, raised bed gardening, and green space creation utilizing on-the-ground outreach methods as well as mapping tools developed specifically to address climate-related disparities in RI.

Amelia Rose
Executive Director, Groundwork Rhode Island

Amelia Rose has been the Executive Director of Groundwork Rhode Island since 2014, overseeing programs related to environmental job training and employment, brownfields redevelopment, stormwater management, composting, and youth engagement. Amelia formerly worked at the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island for 6 years. She has sat on the Providence Environmental Sustainability Task Force since 2012, helping create Providence’s first Sustainability Action Plan. Originally from Northern Virginia, Amelia has also worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Washington Interfaith Network in Washington, D.C., and Toxics Action Center in Boston. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


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Climate Safe Neighborhoods - Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI (Part II)

Groundwork Rhode Island has been leading a Climate Safe Neighborhoods project for three years in the small, post-industrial cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI. Both communities have significant climate-related challenges including heat island effect and impaired drainage for stormwater due to high rates of impervious surface and lack of tree canopy and green space, particularly in less affluent areas. Staff members will discuss Groundwork RI's efforts to engage community members and both municipalities in climate resiliency efforts via youth employment, tree planting, raised bed gardening, and green space creation utilizing on-the-ground outreach methods as well as mapping tools developed specifically to address climate-related disparities in RI.



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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)

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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

 


 

The Urban Heat Island Citizen Science Campaigns are made possible by:

SMV


CAPAHeatWatch


NOAA

NIHHIS is made possible by our participating agencies.

ASPR


CDC


EPA

FEMA


NIOSH


NOAA

OSHA


SAMHSA

 

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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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