EBC Climate Change Webinar: Living with Heat – How Cool(ing) Things Can Help Us Thrive in the Future


Date: September 30, 2021


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Event

Information for viewing the webinar will be shared with registered attendees in a confirmation email.

Urban man-made materials such as concrete or asphalt “store” heat during the day and slowly release it at night, a phenomenon known as the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. In contrast, less built-up areas with added green spaces and trees provide cooling through evaporation and shade. Over the past decades, our changing climate has led to increased temperatures and more frequent and severe heat waves. By 2070, it is expected that Boston may experience up to 90 days of 90-degree F maximum daily air temperatures each summer. In combination with the UHI effect, cities are slated to remain “hot spots” long after the sun has set if no additional opportunity for cooling is provided.

This EBC Climate Change webinar will inform about risks from increasing temperatures in cities, discuss vulnerabilities such as health issues, and address counter measures Boston and Cambridge have taken. Solutions span from raising awareness and education to implementation measures. Experts from Phoenix, Arizona and Boston will address policy, zoning, and educational measures and share some of the tools they are developing to cool down entire neighborhoods, (street) corridors, and buildings. In addition to scalability of urban heat solutions, our webinar will highlight a variety of different solutions and applications including robotics and infrared measures, as well as Green Infrastructure measures and specific shade materials.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Additional information can be found under the “Agenda Details” tab above.
Program Chairs:
  • Sam Bell, Senior Resiliency Planner, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
  • Isabel Kaubisch, Senior Permitting Manager, EnBW North America
Speaker Agenda:

Resilient Cambridge: Climate Science + Urban Ecosystems + Communities

  • Nathalie Beauvais, Community Planning Resiliency Lead, HDR
  • John Bolduc, Environmental Planner City of Cambridge

Addressing Urban Heat Using Green Infrastructure

  • Brian Creamer, Project Manager, Nitsch Engineering

Phoenix, Arizona: A Living Laboratory for Heat Mitigation

  • Ariane Middel, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

Moderated Discussion

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC Climate Change Webinar: Living with Heat – How Cool(ing) Things Can Help Us Thrive in the Future completed on September 30, 2021, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Climate Change – Living with Heat – How Cooling Can Help Us Thrive

Webinar Recording

Registered Attendees

All registered attendees receive the link to the webinar recording five business days after the conclusion of the webinar. If you are a registered attendee and did not receive the webinar recording, please contact the EBC office.

EBC Members

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Non-Members are welcome to register and pay the Non-Member registration rate to receive access to the webinar recording.

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