Improving Heat Health Resilience through Urban Infrastructure Planning and Design

GHI Assistant Scientist Jason Vargo discusses improving heat resistance through a webinar with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Vargo discusses results from the COOL Study, which looked at three metropolitan areas, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Phoenix, and evaluated how landscape policies affect health. Specifically the study looked at how heat wave days and the impact of warmer summer temperatures impact the health of urban areas. Reflective coatings, planting trees and green roofs are all design policies that cities can use to mitigate heat related deaths.

Listen to his webinar and learn more about how heat islands influence health