Dialogue: Heat in the City

This GHHIN Dialogue session provides a rapid tour through urban innovations in heat health.

Held on 28 July 2020, the dialogue includes updates from a panel of five experts and practitioners on the state of the practice of increasing resilience to extreme heat across the world from their diverse perspectives of governance, planning, design, and vulnerable populations, and a facilitated panel discussion. Watch the full recording and download the presentations from the dialogue below.

Reporting on the dialogue from the Thomson Reuters Foundation:
Eat or stay cool? Cities test ways to protect the poor from rising heat


Promo video

Full dialogue recording



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Ladd Keith, University of Arizona

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Laurie L. Goering
Climate Change Editor and Head of Climate Programme, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Laurie Goering has for a decade run climate change news coverage for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Reuters news agency. Her team’s award-winning stories focus on the human impacts of climate change, told from the frontlines in some of the world’s most climate vulnerable – and innovative – countries. She has a particular interest in reporting on heat risks.

Previously she was a Chicago Tribune newspaper correspondent based in New Delhi, Johannesburg, Havana, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and London. She has written on climate change issues for nearly two decades, from dozens of countries.


Regina Vetter
Cool Cities Network Manager C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Regina Vetter serves as the Network Manager of the Cool Cities Network at C40. In this position, she is responsible for supporting cities globally to manage the urban heat island effect and to implement greening and cooling solutions. Regina also provides technical guidance on climate adaptation aspects of cities' Climate Action Plans, and facilitates the integration of urban adaptation and mitigation climate solutions

Jeffrey Raven
Associate Professor & Director, Graduate Program in Urban + Regional Design New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY Principal, RAVEN Architecture + Urban Design, LLC Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Planning & Urban Design Committee

Jeffrey Raven is a specialist in sustainable and resilient urban design whose research is applied in professional practice and disseminated throughout the profession, government and allied disciplines. As Director of the NYIT Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Design, he has shaped the program to engage the fluid, interdisciplinary and global urban design profession that is practiced in the 21st century.

Since 2016, he serves as Co-Chair of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Planning & Urban Design Committee and on the Board of Directors for AIA New York State. He serves on the sustainable cities NGO Pilot4Dev Steering Board (Brussels). He was educated at Cambridge University (England), the Rhode Island School of Design and Trinity College.

Kizzy Charles-Guzman
Deputy Director NYC Mayor's Office of Resiliency

Kizzy Charles-Guzman is a Deputy Director at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, leading efforts to strengthen neighborhoods, community organizations, and social infrastructure so that they are ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change. Kizzy engages in citywide sustainability and resiliency planning efforts to ensure that social, public health and environmental justice priorities are integrated into adaptation plans and environmental policies. She led the development of Cool Neighborhoods NYC, the City’s first comprehensive strategy to address the impacts of rising temperatures and heat waves. She received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 Environmental Quality Award and a national Champion of Change Award from the U.S. White House in recognition of her work to protect and enhance environmental quality and public health in New York, and has twice been named "Top 40 under 40 in NY Politics" by City and State New York. She is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Calvin Lee Kwan
General Manager – Corporate Development & Strategy Link REIT

Calvin Lee Kwan is a passionate believer in using creativity and innovation to advance corporate sustainability in today’s world of high urban density and smart city living. With a D.Env from UCLA and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, he possesses a strong foundation in understanding the integrated nature of society, the environment and the challenges of operating a business within their context. He has worked for Link REIT since 2012, in the capacity of General Manager, Corporate Development and Strategy. He is a committee member of United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Investment Committee, co-chair and Asia Pacific representative of the Property Working Group and is a member of the Benchmark Committee of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.