Urban heat islands threaten our health, our ability to reduce our carbon output and the very liveability of our cities. An urban heat island describes the way that urban, and increasingly also suburban areas no longer cool down overnight, causing such summer heat stress among our more physically vulnerable elderly, children and homeless people that in some Australian states the death rate from heat stress is now higher than the road toll. Today I’m talking with Steffen Lehmann who is leading a new three year research project which will identify the extent of our heat island problem, what’s causing it, and how we can change public policy and what we do ourselves to fix it.
Professor Steffen Lehmann is Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of South Australia; Director of sd+b Centre; Director of the China-Australia Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (an international research centre located at UniSA and Tianjin University, China); and Executive Director (and Research Chair) of the Zero Waste Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour.
My conversation with Steffen Lehmann came about through our mutual support for 202020 Vision.
The 202020 Vision – one of the largest urban green space initiatives in the country – which now has over 24 advocates who are leaders within their fields, 90 partner organisations committed to the vision and 76 projects throughout Australia that exemplify the aspirations and goals of the initiative. To learn more about this exciting industry movement visit 202020Vision.com.au