Collaborative research initiative to combat extreme heat effects featured in Penn Engineering Today

The Philadelphia Heat Vulnerability Index (HVI) summarizes the key factors associated with the negative health effects of extreme heat events. Created by Jason Hammer, MPH in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Office of Sustainability.

Penn Engineering Today has featured an article about the Research Community Dr. Composto is co-leading in the 2022-2023 academic year titled “Adapting to Extreme Heat in Philadelphia to Increase Human Vitality.” This initiative is in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability (OOS) in order to address the issues of increased precipitation/flooding, increased heat, and urban heatsinks, the deleterious effects of which all disproportionately affect underserved neighborhoods of color.

This work is funded by the Penn Environmental Innovations Initiative and other leaders of the project are: Kristin Field, Director of Education and Professional Development for an NSF Research Traineeship project; the Singh Center for Nanotechnology; and, the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Co-Directors and Professors Eugenie Birch and Susan Wachter and Managing Director Amy Montgomery).

Read the article here and read more about the project here.