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How Extreme Heat Impacts Heart Health

A higher number of high heat days correlates with more cardiovascular deaths, according to new research.

November 6, 2023 - Wired

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How Urban Design Impacts Public Health

With more and more people living in cities, designing equitably healthy urban spaces becomes a key question for policymakers.

November 1, 2023 - Wired

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Growing ‘Climate Ready’ Urban Trees

A New Mexico research program will assess the health of seedlings to understand which trees will be most resilient to climate risks.

October 18, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Mitigating the Impact of UV Radiation

A new project aims to understand the unseen impact of ultraviolet radiation beyond extreme heat and mitigate its effects on people.

October 12, 2023 - The Architect's Newspaper

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Advancing Shade Equity in LA’s Koreatown

Koreatown is one of Los Angeles's densest and most park-poor communities. A privately funded tree planting initiative will bring some much needed greenery and shade to the area.

October 3, 2023 - LAist

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Houston Metro Prototypes Bus Shelter Fans

The agency is working on designs for a bus stop shelter with built-in solar-powered fans to keep waiting riders cool.

August 20, 2023 - Houston Chronicle

Purple GRTC bus stopped at a bus station with bench and shelter in Richmond, Virginia.

Only One Quarter of Richmond Bus Stops Have Benches, Shade

A recent report highlights the lack of safe infrastructure at the Virginia capital’s bus stops.

August 7, 2023 - Virginia Public Media

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How Urban Design Fails Families

For parents of small children, amenities like public restrooms or shady parks can vastly improve—or deteriorate—the experience of navigating cities.

June 22, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Bus stop in downtown Los Angeles with billboard and no bench or shelter

Study: One-Quarter of L.A. County Bus Stops Equipped With Shelters

Bus riders in Los Angeles frequently lack protection from sun and extreme heat, with bus stops in some of the county’s hottest areas having the worst amenities.

February 27, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

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Investing in Green Schoolyards

California's budget now includes an unprecedented investment of $150 million to create green schoolyards and schoolyard forests at K-12 schools across the state.

September 20, 2022 - Green Schoolyards America blog

Sidewalk bus stop with bench and no shade in Los Angeles, California

L.A. Bus Stops Offer No Relief From Searing Temperatures

As heat waves intensify, bus riders in Los Angeles are forced to wait at bus stops that offer little shade or seating, putting vulnerable residents at risk of heat stroke and other health impacts.

September 13, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles Parents Demand Greener Schoolyards

With asphalt temperatures reaching as much as 150 degrees, parents and advocates are asking the city’s school district to provide more shade, trees, and other heat mitigation features on its schoolyards and playgrounds.

August 24, 2022 - CBS Los Angeles

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Mapping Heat Inequality

A new mapping tool underscores inequities in infrastructure that lead to higher rates of heat-related illnesses in low-income neighborhoods.

July 14, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

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Greening Detroit’s Redlined Neighborhoods

A Detroit nonprofit has been planting trees in parts of the city with the lowest tree canopy.

June 22, 2022 - Next City

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Unsurprisingly, People Enjoy Walking More in Safe, Green Spaces

New research shows that people are likely to walk more in places that are both walkable and green.

June 15, 2022 - NCSU News

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Walkability Scores Don’t Tell the Whole Story

A new report concludes that common ‘walkability’ measures don’t account for many barriers faced by pedestrians, such as environmental factors and policing.

May 4, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

A view out over the city of San Jose, with downtown highrises in the background distance and smoggy air hanging overhead.

Saving San Jose's Vanishing Tree Canopy

Trees are vanishing from the San Jose, California cityscape. The city has a plan to reverse the damage, but significant challenges stand in the way of progress.

January 12, 2022 - The Mercury News

Rittenhouse Square, a park in Philadelphia, framed by large buildings.

Sun and Parks

Some people fear tall buildings near parks, asserting that such buildings will reduce sunlight. But because many parks are a block or more wide, this impact is likely to be minimal.

November 10, 2021 - Michael Lewyn

People boarding bus at LA Metro Bus Stop, Alvarado Street, Los Angeles

Where to Preview L.A.'s New Bus Shelters

Angelenos can try out the new designs at six locations this summer, with the full program set to launch in 2022.

July 29, 2021 - Urbanize LA

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Tucson's Pledge to Plant 1 Million Trees

Details and background of Tucson's pledge to plant one million trees by 2030.

May 17, 2021 - The Daily Climate

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