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Planning Information Exchange

With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2020. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) as a partner. The quarterly webinars will continue to revolve around four central themes:

  • The information exchange focuses on all hazards.
  • The information exchange focuses primarily on mitigation planning but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.
  • APA and ASFPM act as co-conveners of all planning exchange webinars. This means that both organizations will use their respective web-based meeting platforms to set up, register, drive, facilitate, record, and provide technical support for all webinar meetings.
  • Planning exchange hosts select topics and commit to moderate, present, and lead the planning exchange webinars.

Addressing Urban Heat at Regional and Local Scales

October 15, 2021

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More frequent and intense heat events present significant environmental, social, health, and economic impacts to communities around the country. Join this next PIE webinar to learn more about how communities are responding to and preparing at different scales to address extreme heat. Kate McCormick, associate at the Georgetown Climate Center and lead author of Community-Informed Heat Relief: Policy Options for Addressing Urban Extreme Heat in High-Risk Communities, and Jared Patton, associate planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and a lead contributor to the Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region, will discuss strategies to advance local and regional resilience, informed by recently published resources. The webinar will highlight opportunities for community engagement, partnerships, and equitable action to mitigate heat impacts.

This PIE webinar will focus on actions local and regional agencies can take to address extreme heat, case examples from around the country, and collaborative opportunities to increase community resilience.

Attendees of this webinar will: (1) Learn about local and regional activities to increase community resilience to extreme heat events, (2) Explore policy options to address heat impacts, informed by case examples around the country, and (3) Learn about the role of cross-sector collaboration to envision, plan for, and implement heat mitigation strategies.

Kate McCormick is an Institute Associate at the Georgetown Climate Center. Jared Patton, AICP is an associate planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning.

Meet the Presenters


Kate McCormick

Kate McCormick is an Institute Associate at the Georgetown Climate Center, where she has worked for the past three years. She is a graduate of Georgetown Law, where she got her J.D., as well as an LL.M. in Environmental and Energy Law. Her most recent work includes focusing on issues surrounding urban heat, as well as increasing economic resilience in frontline communities in the face of climate change.


Jared Patton, AICP

Jared Patton is an associate planner at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning (CMAP), where his work focuses on land use planning and climate resilience. Jared recently participated in a collaboration with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the European Union to produce a Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Jared also manages the region's greenhouse gas emissions inventory, and assists local governments with zoning and comprehensive planning projects through CMAP's local technical assistance program. Jared has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Earlham College and a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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