Evaluating Urban Heat Mitigation across Networks of Plans

Ladd Keith, Sara Meerow, Lauren Jensen, Shaylynn Trego, Erika Lynn Schmidt, Philip Berke

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Cities must equitably plan for heat resilience as heat risks increase but lack integrated approaches to coordinate strategies across community plans and prioritize heat mitigation for the most vulnerable communities. We adapted the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard™ (PIRS™) methodology, originally developed for flood hazards, to heat and piloted it in five geographically diverse U.S. cities. We used PIRS™ for Heat to analyze how policies across community plans would affect urban heat and compared spatial patterns in policy attention with indicators of vulnerability. We find that heat mitigation policies are not targeting the highest heat risk areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
StateAccepted/In press - 2023


  • climate change
  • heat
  • heat resilience
  • plan analysis
  • plan integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Urban Studies


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