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Healthy Urban Environments

Healthy Urban Environments

Healthy Urban Environments

Healthy Urban Environments is a collaborative initiative which combines the power of Arizona State University’s entrepreneurship, research and innovation infrastructure with partnership, support and collaboration from Maricopa County and its communities.

Read all about it: HUE projects media coverage

HUE’s sponsored projects have been making significant contributions in our communities. Here is a selection of local and national media coverage HUE projects have received.

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Do trees provide the best shade for urban environments?

Do trees provide the best shade for urban environments?

Shade is a term that residents of arid, hot environments learn to appreciate, especially during scalding summer months. But what makes for the best shade? “Cities have started to plant trees as a means to shade the environment. But oftentimes you can’t really plant trees because of infrastructure challenges. There may be sewer lines underground, internet...

2020 brings record heat and dryness to Arizona

2020 brings record heat and dryness to Arizona

“The heat in 2020 was not helpful in the least, and the global pandemic was not helpful as well,” said associate professor David Hondula, a partner with the Healthy Urban Environments program at the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. In an article featured in the Arizona Republic, Hondula points to energy assistance and home weatherization...

Transforming Phoenix into an 'urban forest' to combat extreme heat

Transforming Phoenix into an 'urban forest' to combat extreme heat

A State Press article detailed how the Healthy Urban Environments Initiative partners are working with Phoenix city officials to reduce temperatures across the Valley after a record-breaking summer. Reducing temperatures for low-income communities and other efforts to make Phoenix a "HeatReady" city were among the topics discussed at the latest Urban Heat Island/Tree and Shade subcommittee...