Public Webinar Series on Extreme Heat and Climate Change in New York State
Topics Include Impacts of Extreme Heat and State Actions to Help Communities Prepare and Adapt
Outreach Efforts Advance Directive to Develop a Statewide Extreme Heat Action Plan and Help Ensure Equitable Distribution of Extreme Heat-Related Information and Resources
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced an upcoming public webinar series
on the ways extreme heat is impacting New York State. As part of the 2022 State of the State directive and interim recommendations
, work is underway to help New Yorkers and communities better understand and prepare for the impacts of extreme heat, including opportunities to learn about solutions for adapting to and forming partnerships to address extreme heat.
Extreme heat is a leading cause of death among hazardous weather events in the United States. Extreme heat affects the health and well-being of communities and individuals across New York State. The impacts of extreme heat are more severe due to climate change, with disproportionately greater impacts experienced by heat-vulnerable populations, urban areas, and disadvantaged communities
This webinar series is part of DEC and NYSERDA's ongoing development of an extreme heat action plan in response to the increased frequency and intensity of extreme heat events caused by climate change. DEC and NYSERDA started convening the Extreme Heat Action Plan Work Group last year. The work group includes more than 20 State agencies working together on immediate steps to address the dangers of extreme heat. The webinar series, hosted by DEC and NYSERDA in conjunction with the Extreme Heat Action Plan Work Group and University at Buffalo, will include presentations by a panel of subject matter experts on topics relevant to State and local planning for extreme heat events.
Webinars are open to the public. Registration is encouraged and available online or at one of the individual webinar registration links below. Webinars will be recorded and shared on DEC's website.
Extreme Heat, Health, and Policy: Strategies Across New York's Many Landscapes
This webinar explores the impacts of extreme heat across New York's diverse geographies and communities, including urban heat islands, rural and suburban communities, and workers. The webinar will also describe the intersection of extreme heat and the housing, energy, and agricultural sectors. Speakers will showcase potential solutions.
Date: May 18, 2023
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Dr. Augusta Williams - Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical University in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Diana Hernández - Associate Professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
Dr. Nicholas Rajkovich - Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo