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In today's day of age, the biggest concern for current and future generations: the environment. The urban heat island (UHi) with its significant energy, health, and societal impacts is among the major environmental issues in urban regions, especially in historically underserved and socially vulnerable communities (HUSVCs). In the 1930s, the former federal agency, Homeowners' Loan Corporation (H0Lq, created ''Residential Security" maps of major cities, known today as "redlined" areas. These neighborhoods were often designated as "hazardous" due to the high percentages of people of color living there, leading to systematic disinvestment based on race. While the program ended in 1968, the impacts of discriminatory lending are still experienced in redlined areas in the form of urban hotspots. The advent of new technologies and availability of environmental data from satellite and ground observations such as ArcGIS and QGIS, could improve our understanding of these heat impacts and be used to develop and assess mitigation and resiliency strategies.


This poster, first place winner for group projects, was presented at the 37th Semi-Annual Dr. Janet Liou-Mark Honors & Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation, Dec. 1, 2022. Mentor: Prof. Marzi Azarderakhsh (Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology).



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