Sustainable City Series: Cities, Trees and Climate Change

Thanks to Ben Evans for shooting the video of the event.

The 21st forum in the Sustainable City Series held on June 5, 2012 focused on the research by Dr. Brian Stone, Jr., Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning and author of the new book The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live. D.r Stone discussed the effects of climate change on cities and the role that trees can play in reducing the influence extreme heat events can have on our city.

Various characteristics of urban environments contribute to elevated temperatures in our cities known as the urban heat island effect, with the amount of vegetation being one of the leading factors. Recent studies indicate that not only is Louisville heating up faster than other cities, but also our tree canopy has been in a steady state of decline.

This event was made possible by the Tree Commission with the generous support of Christina Lee Brown.