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Southeast Colorado Springs Urban Heat Island

Date: 1/1/2021 - 5/31/2021

Southeast Community Plan: Mitigating the Urban Heat Island

Student Researcher: Andrea Vaughn

Client: Colorado Springs
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The Urban Heat Island (UHI) has become an issue of increasing concern for municipalities across the country. This issue of UHI is even more pressing in disinvested communities, where temperatures can reach up to 4 degrees higher than the rest of the city.
The city of Colorado Springs has recognized the issue of UHI in their most impoverished community, the Southeast. As the city pilots their first community planning effort in the Southeast, the city has sought help in understanding best practices to mitigate the impacts of UHI. This report provides a resource for city planners to develop and implement strategies aimed at addressing UHI.


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