Extreme Heat and the Legacy of Racist Housing Policy: Accelerating Climate Resiliency Speaker Series #4

September 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Accelerating Climate Resilience Speaker Series

Redlining and Extreme heat

Thursday, September 30 | 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Redlining (the government-imposed practice of denying mortgages in predominantly-Black neighborhoods), disinvestment, and exclusionary zoning (restrictions on the types of homes that can be built in a neighborhood) shape the patterns of extreme heat in our neighborhoods. Our climate and heat response strategies should reflect this reality.

Join us to hear from an incredible panel on the relationship between extreme heat and housing policy, and to learn about strategies to address the challenge today.

Panelists from across the country will explain the correlation between extreme heat and redlining and discuss strategies to mitigate extreme heat—for example, prioritizing street tree planting in neighborhoods that have experienced disinvestment and reforming exclusionary zoning to allow more people to live in greener neighborhoods.

Panelists include:

  • Representative Andy Vargas: Commonwealth of Massachusetts 3rd Essex District
  • Vice Mayor Lori Droste: City of Berkeley, California
  • Tennis Lilly: Climate Resiliency Program Manager at Groundworks Lawrence
  • Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, PhD: David and Jane Cohn Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia and Affiliate Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University

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