College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

City and Regional Planning Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in City and Regional Planning



Primary Advisor

Adrienne Greve, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning Department


This paper examines the ways in which historical planning practices have contributed to the unequal vulnerability of marginalized communities to extreme heat, resulting in thermal inequity. Historical planning practices including discriminatory policies and uneven resource allocation, have intensified the effect of the urban heat island (UHI), leading to increased exposure to extreme heat and its associated health risk. Understanding the correlation between planning practices and the UHI effect is crucial for developing effective strategies to mitigate extreme heat impacts and improve thermal equity. By analyzing the underlying factors and consequences of planning decisions, this research aims to inform policy makers, urban planners, and stakeholders about the responsibilities they hold in addressing thermal inequities. This paper concludes with a discussion of effective mitigation strategies cities can develop that promote a more equitable and resilient environment, ensuring the well-being of all residents, especially those in marginalized communities.