In the United States, heat is the leading cause of death due to extreme weather and communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately impacted. Underscoring the enduring impact of systemic racism, formerly redlined areas are consistently hotter than non-redlined areas across the country. This session shares the research findings of a group of 25 emerging leaders in urban design, development, and policy in New York focused on an equitable approach to mitigating the impact of extreme heat. Recommendations will provide a starting place for designers, policymakers, and community leaders to incorporate heat resiliency strategies into their own practice.
Turning the Heat has just been named a finalist for Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Awards 2021.