Event COTE: Heat Mitigation and Health

June 7, 2021 - 12:00pm

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COTE Health & Wellness Committee: Heat Mitigation and Health

Extreme heat is defined as outdoor temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Yet, heat does not impact everyone equally. Those most at risk are older adults, the very young, people with mental illness and chronic diseases, those experiencing homelessness and people who are socially and economically isolated. Mitigating the impacts of heat involves rethinking how we engage communities and design our neighborhood. Come and learn how to keep you, and the community, safe during the next heatwave.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe strategies and methods for mapping urban heat within particular communities in the city.
  2. Identify the attributes, in the built environment and otherwise, that make certain populations most sensitive to urban heat.
  3. Explain the importance of lived experience as essential data for assessing urban heat and means for its mitigation, and describe techniques for collecting it.
  4. Analyze key ways in which design, planning, and public governance communities can work towards effective heat mitigation on the community scale.

Speaker:

Marc Coudert

Marc Coudert, Environmental Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, City of Austin

As an employee of the City of Austin Office of Sustainability, Marc works with city departments to embed climate change resiliency into long term operation and asset management planning. In this role, he also supports community organizers to increase climate resilience in the Eastern Crescent.

Marc received a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is a member of the NACCHO Global Climate Change Workgroup and USDN Climate Change Preparedness Peer Learning Group.

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