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Data shows that over the past 90 years, temperatures are rising faster in the urban core of Maricopa County than on its outer edges. It is most noticeable at night. While average daytime high temperatures in Phoenix have increased 4 degrees Fahrenheit in that time, the average nighttime low temperatures have increased 17 degrees. Compare that to measurements at Casa Grande National Monument, where average high temperatures have stayed flat and average lows are up just 6 degrees.

The Initiative will partner ASU’s innovation infrastructure with the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority to develop new technologies, accelerate the transition from the lab to field testing, and partner with stakeholders to get solutions deployed in local communities o help reduce urban heat and improve air quality.


ASU Foundation (Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority)


January 2019 — December 2021