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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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Prioritize and Integrate Heat Planning

Date: October 28, 2021 | Time: 3:00 PM Eastern

While many communities are developing strategies to mitigate and manage heat, these efforts are often siloed, lack coordination, and have unclear evaluation criteria. To better address increasing heat risk, communities must prioritize and integrate heat across their network of plans which includes comprehensive plans, climate action plans, hazard mitigation plans, heat response plans, and emergency management plans. This session will provide examples of innovative cities that have worked to address chronic and acute heat risk across their network of plans, better connecting traditionally siloed disciplines to improve their heat planning efforts.


Ladd Keith
Assistant Professor in Planning, The University of Arizona

Ladd Keith, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Planning at The University of Arizona. He is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of urban planning and climate change to create more sustainable and resilient cities. He has over a decade of experience working with diverse stakeholders to solve complex urban challenges in cities across the U.S. His current research explores urban heat governance and how cities can increase heat resilience through the mitigation and management of heat. He also founded and leads the Sustainable Built Environments degree program which is offered in-person, fully online, and at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru.



Sara Meerow
Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

Dr. Sara Meerow is an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of urban geography and planning to tackle the challenge of making cities more resilient in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards, while at the same time more sustainable and just. Her ongoing research focuses on conceptualizations of urban resilience, planning for urban resilience in a changing climate, and green infrastructure planning.


Introduction to Heat Planning

I will provide an introduction to the current state of heat planning in the U.S., drawing on a recent national survey of planners.

Kizzy Charles-Guzman
Deputy Director, NYC Mayor’s Office


Mark Hartman
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix

Helping the City of Phoenix become a Resilient City and the most sustainable desert city on the planet.


Jane Gilbert
Interim Chief Heat Officer and Resilience Consultant, Miami-Dade County

As Miami-Dade County’s first Chief Heat Officer, Ms. Gilbert is working collaboratively across departments, jurisdictions and sectors within the region to address and mitigate the increasing risks to human health, lives and livelihoods associated with excessive heat. Prior to joining Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s leadership team, Ms. Gilbert served as the City of Miami’s first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for four years. As CRO, Ms. Gilbert led the climate and urban resilience strategy development and implementation for the City of Miami, and, in partnership with Miami-Dade County and City of Miami Beach, for the greater Miami region. Prior to her public sector work, Ms. Gilbert managed The Miami Foundation’s civic leadership agenda on sea level rise, Wells Fargo’s philanthropy and community affairs in South Florida and served as the Executive Director for 3 nonprofits. Ms. Gilbert holds a BA in Environmental Science from Barnard College and MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Role of Chief Heat Officer in Miami-Dade County

I will share Miami-Dade County's unique heat related risks, what led to the creation of a Chief Heat Officer, my role in relationship to the County's Office of Resilience and how we are approaching integrating heat mitigation and adaptation across plans and initiatives within the County and its partner agencies.



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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