Webinar: Assessing Cool Corridor Heat Resilience Strategies for Human-Scale Transportation

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT
Ladd Keith and Kristina Currans, University of Arizona
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1



Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, and the implications of heat impacts range from individual transportation users, to emergency management services, and entire transportation networks and systems. In this presentation, we'll cover key concepts for urban planning and heat resilience, including heat mitigation and management strategies. Additionally, we will discuss the original NITC-sponsored data collection evaluating one such cool corridor strategy--PlusTI cool pavement rejuvenator--and the associated challenges of researching impacts of strategies on human-comfort in natural and built environments.


The audience will walk away with:

  • an understanding of planning for urban heat resilience;
  • the ability to recognize and differentiate heat mitigation and management strategies;
  • an understanding of the impacts of heat on transportation users and systems;
  • an ability to explain the challenges of evaluating local impacts of strategie.


This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communites (NITC) and conducted at the University of Arizona. Read more about the project: Assessing Cool Corridor Heat Resilience Strategies for Human-Scale Transportation.


Ladd Keith, Assistant Professor in Planning and Sustainable Built Environements, University of Arizona

Ladd Keith, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of urban planning and climate change to create more sustainable and resilient cities. He has over a decade of experience working with diverse stakeholders to solve complex urban challenges in cities across the U.S. His current research explores urban heat governance and how cities can increase heat resilience through the mitigation and management of heat. He also founded and leads the Sustainable Built Environments degree program which is offered in-person, fully online, and at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas in Lima, Peru.


Kristina Currans, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, University of Arizona

Kristina Currans is an Associate Professor in Urban Planning in the College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She studies the intersection between transportation and land use development. Although trained as a civil engineer, Dr. Currans' work bridges the transportation planning and engineering disciplines. Her current research and teaching emphasizes the rethinking and redeveloping new data and methods for applications in practice to help communities plan for the places they want.



This 60-minute webinar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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This webinar is hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. The research was funded by the Summit Foundation and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a program of TREC and one of seven U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington. We pursue our theme — improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.