Heat Stress Series


Increasing temperatures create challenges for urban and rural communities, as well as for ecosystems. Explore solutions being implemented around the country in the next National Adaptation Forum series, brought to you by EcoAdapt.

February 24 - Community-based Solutions to Heat in Urban Settings

March 4 - Rural Heat Challenges and Interventions

March 10 - Heat Stress on Species & Ecosystems


Community-based Solutions to Heat in Urban Settings

February 24, 2021 - 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT

Urban communities face urban heat island effect, on top of existing health outcome disparities due to socioeconomic inequities. As cities experience more frequent and longer periods of extreme heat, some are working toward solutions through equity-focused, community-based approaches. This session will feature Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Beat the Heat initiative along with the Nature’s Cooling Systems project in Phoenix, Arizona to provide insight into planning and implementing strategies to address extreme heat dangers at the neighborhood level. 


Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

Cheyenne Flores, Climate Resiliency Fellow, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

Priscilla Johnson, Hunting Park Neighborhood Block Captain and Coordinator, Philadelphia

Charles Lanier, Executive Director, Hunting Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee, Inc., Philadelphia

Masavi Perea, Coalitions and Training Director, Chispa Arizona, Pheonix

Melissa Guardaro, Assistant Research Professor, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute, Arizona State University

Ryan Winkle, Executive Director, RAIL CDC, Phoenix East Valley


Rural Heat Challenges and Interventions

March 4, 2021 - 2 pm ET/ 11am PT

In rural settings, interventions to extreme heat and heat stress must take into account the added challenges of greater travel distances and other limits to resource access. This session will highlight the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s analysis of heat-related illness in rural communities, and rural-focused heat stress interventions carried out by Sustainable Sandhills in North Carolina, health threats faced by farm workers, and Public Citizen’s potential Federal policy solutions to protect workers from heat. 


Autumn Locklear, Climate Health Epidemiologist within the Occupational & Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health

Kia Jones, Air Quality Program Manager at Sustainable Sandhills, North Carolina

Juley Fulcher, J.D., Ph.D, Worker Health and Safety Advocate at Public Citizen, Washington D.C. 


Heat Stress on Species & Ecosystems

March 10, 2021 - 2 pm ET/ 11 am PT

Rising temperatures have significant impacts on ecosystems. This session will consider the effects of heat stress on a range of species and ecosystems across North America , including aquatic, terrestrial and marine habitats, and natural resources management strategies to adapt to these challenges to protect species as well as ecosystem services that support human communities.


Kathryn Braddock, Associate Scientist, EcoAdapt


Tyler Kaspar, Environmental Biologist, 1854 Treaty Authority

Aimee Delach, Senior Policy Analyst, Defenders of Wildlife

Dr. Michael Jacox, Research Oceanographer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett, Senior Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife






In order to ensure open access to these sessions, the series is offered for free. However, we recommend a payment of $20 per session, $60 for the full series or pay what you can. These funds enable the EcoAdapt team to continue to offer events for the adaptation field. Please make your payment HERE or follow the link after registering. Invoices are also available by request at Info@NationalAdaptationForum.org.