Climate Change Effect: Urban Heat Islands & West Louisville
Climate change is affecting the American people in far-reaching ways. Impacts related to climate change are evident across regions and in many sectors important to society—such as human health, agriculture and food security, water supply, transportation, energy, ecosystems, and other.
As urban areas develop, changes occur in their landscape. buildings, roads, and other infrastructure replace open land and vegetation. These changes cause urban regions to become warmer than their rural surroundings, forming an "island" of higher temperatures in the landscape. Urban heat islands increase demand for energy consumption during the summer when temperatures rise. As a result of increased energy consumption, there is an increase in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Join us as our distinguished panel discusses the impact of the urban heat island on West Louisville residents.
Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director, MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies, Sustainability; Eboni Neal Cochran, West Louisville Environmental Activist; Dr. Allison Smith, Office of Advanced Planning and Sustainability; Dr. Avery Kolers, Professor of Philosophy, Director - Social Change Program
Dr. Monica Unseld, Research Associate - Greater Louisville Project