July 18th, 2018
Tempe, Arizona, USA
Climate change, along with the urban heat island effect and other human-driven phenomena, are causing temperatures in the Valley to continue to rise, with each year resulting in new heat records – placing added strain on communities and cities. Issues such as increasing rates of heat-related deaths, rising costs of electricity bills, and further stress being placed on local infrastructure have pushed cities and organizations all over the state to establish programs that address the consequences of extreme heat.
This press conference intends to bring increased awareness about this growing crisis to the general public and discuss the vital research that is informing policy, what steps are currently being taken by local municipalities, and what additional actions will be needed in the future to mitigate the consequences and prepare Arizonans for the likely possibility of a much hotter future.
Mayor Mark Mitchell, City of Tempe
Braden Kay, Sustainability Manager, City of Tempe
Dr. Paul Coseo, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University
Flor Sandoval, Senior Program Manager, Sonora Environmental Research Institute
Location: Tempe Transportation Center, 200 E 5th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
Time: 10 – 11 am MST