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This is the audio (embedded and downloadable .mp3) and video (embedded YouTube link) from a presentation on November 17, 2021, “Fahrenheit 911: Heat, Cities and Climate Literacy from the Ground Up” with Vivek Shandas. The full transcript is available below as a supplemental file (.pdf).

In this presentation, Vivek Shandas examines the differential climate-induced impacts on urban residents, including those who have been historically marginalized from decision-making processes.

Vivek Shandas is a Professor of Climate Adaptation and Founding Director of the Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab (SUPR Lab) at Portland State University. Working as an interdisciplinary scholar, Professor Shandas examines the assumptions that guide decisions about the built environment and uses spatial analytical tools and policy evaluations as a means for identifying socially inequitable outcomes in the era of climate destabilization. During his spare time, Professor Shandas serves as Chair of the City of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission, serves on several national and local advisory boards, and revels in the mountains and waters of the Pacific Northwest.


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