LA's #1 Climate Threat – Urban Heat


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Extreme heat causes more deaths in the United States than all other weather-related causes combined, and in a warming climate, urban residents (especially low-income communities and communities of color) are at high risk. Join Cindy Montañez, CEO of TreePeople, Dr. Larry S. Kalkstein, President of Applied Climatologists, and Edith de Guzman, Director of Research at TreePeople, to hear how land cover choices at the local level — including more trees and reflective surfaces like roofs and pavements — can literally save lives. Both are co-founders of the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative.

Age Group: Middle School, High School and Adults

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Dr. Laurence S. Kalkstein is President of Applied Climatologists, Inc. and co-founder (with Edith de Guzman) of the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative. He is a bioclimatologist, specializing on climate’s impact upon human health and well-being.

Cindy Montañez is CEO of TreePeople and a lifelong Angeleno raised in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. At 28 years old, she made history by becoming the youngest woman elected to the California State Legislature, where she became a champion for the environment, sustainable urban planning and social justice.

Edith de Guzman is Director of Research at TreePeople, where she investigates best practices for the sustainable transformation of the Greater Los Angeles area and has worked on groundbreaking research, demonstration projects, and public planning in areas of urban forestry and urban watershed management.


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