Case Studies 

Issues and initiatives in community resilience

Our case studies take a deeper dive to examine problems and solutions in four distinct yet interrelated resilience areas, abbreviated as FUSE:

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Food, water,
and energy

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Urban Heat and
healthy communities

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Shelter

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Economy and
workforce

Urban Heat Solutions

 Featured case study 

Cooling center location optimization for urban heat mitigation

How do you provide thermal comfort, especially during a pandemic? Melissa Guardaro and her team mapped cooling center locations over time to identify the best sites for new cooling centers in order to reach the most vulnerable to heat.

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Urban Heat and healthy communities
Urban Form

Modeling the evictions
crisis

 

A predictive model created by crosscutting scholar Joffa Applegate and Sean Bergin helped decision-makers better anticipate and mitigate a surge in evictions when the federal moratorium ended.

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Shelter and Housing
Community Resilience

Housing Loss Across
Maricopa County

D.C.-based New America invited KER researchers to team up to analyze five years of eviction and foreclosure data from Maricopa County, as part of their national study.

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Shelter and housing
Reimagining Outdoor Play

 Reimagining outdoor play  
 and learning environments 

 

As a KER fellow, Jennifer Vanos partnered with Paideia Academies to design new outdoor learning spaces to better protect students from heat and air pollution.

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Urban Heat and healthy communities