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Lunch UP: A Tale of Two Heat Islands

February 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Lunch UP

A Tale of Two Heat Islands

Panel: Larissa Larsen and Doug Kelbaugh, URP

Larsen: Extreme heat from urban heat islands (UHI) poses a threat to the livability and sustainability of cities, and disproportionally harms marginalized groups. The creation of a new utility – one akin to a public company that provides services such as electricity or water and that recognizes the multiple and overlapping environmental and social benefits of green infrastructure may expedite implementation of such strategies.

Kelbaugh: UHI is under-appreciated as an important challenge and yet it may be one of our best motivators to address global CC. I discuss reasons and ways to address them both simultaneously, as urbanization continues unabated and to humanity’s benefit.

These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship. If you have research you would like to present, or a provocative article you would like to discuss, please speak with Larissa Larsen, David Weinreich, or Carla Kayanan.


February 3, 2016
12:00 pm