In Case of Emergency, Plant Trees: Reducing Mortality Risk in the Face of LA’s Hotter, Drier Future

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

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As Southern California faces a hotter, drier future with longer periods of sustained heat, its cities and residents face new challenges to ensuring urban safety. Recent research shows heat-related mortality increasing under this “new normal” – and it shows urban tree canopy is critical in protecting people and communities.

Join us for an interactive conversation about the critical link between urban tree canopy and the life-threatening impacts of severe heat. Dr. Nigel Tapper will share cutting-edge research on lessons learned from Australia ’s record-breaking heat waves and devastating 12-year drought.

Discuss with Los Angeles leaders how to achieve the shifts necessary in urban planning, policy and public health to protect communities from severe heat and ensure a resilient future for the region.


This event is free but space is limited. Registration Required.

Contact Phoebe Lipkis at to register or for more information.


Who Should Attend

Representatives from government, non- profit, and private organizations with an interest in sustainability, public health, urban planning, urban forestry, and local water supply. We encourage you to share with colleagues accordingly.

Presented by: TreePeople

Co-presented by:

Climate Resolve, LA County Public Health, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Hosted by the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti



8:00-9:15 Welcome & Keynote from Nigel Tapper

9:15-10:30 Panel: What this Means for Los Angeles

10:30-12:30 Next Steps for the Region: Break-Out Session and Briefings

(More detailed schedule with break-out information to follow.)



Nigel Tapper, Professor of Environmental Science| School of Geography and Environmental Science, Monash University

Professor Nigel Tapper leads the Climate Research Group within the Monash Weather and Climate Program.  He is also a Program Leader in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Water Sensitive Cities and an Associate Director of Monash Water for Liveability Centre.  Within the CRC Nigel's group undertakes fundamental work on heat, health and thermal comfort and on the performance of different elements of Water Sensitive Urban Design in improving urban climate to create more liveable cities, in the face of extreme heat and climate change.



Andy Lipkis,Founder and President | TreePeople

Andy Lipkis is a practical visionary who has dedicated his life to healing the environment while improving the lives of individuals and communities. He founded TreePeople in Los Angeles in 1973 at age 18 and continues to serve as its President. Andy has spearheaded an approach using trees and forest-inspired technologies to make cities sustainable while mitigating floods, drought, pollution, and climate change. Called “Functioning Community Forests,” it is being demonstrated in L.A. as a model for cities everywhere.


Jonathan Parfrey, Executive Director | Climate Resolve

Jonathan Parfrey is executive director of Climate Resolve. Appointed in 2009, Parfrey recently completed a five-year term as commissioner at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. He was visiting lecturer at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in 2012-13. Parfrey is immediate past-president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters. He is a founder and Vice Chair of CicLAvia, the popular street event. He is also a founder of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability and the statewide Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. From 2007-2011, Parfrey served as director of the GREEN LA Coalition. From 1994 to 2007, he served as Los Angeles director of Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization, Physicians for Social Responsibility. In 2003, Mr. Parfrey was appointed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s Environmental Policy Team.

Jonathan Fielding, MD, MPH, MBA, Director | Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Jonathan E. Fielding is the Director of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the County Health Officer, responsible for all public health functions including surveillance and control of both communicable and non-communicable diseases, and of health protection (including against bioterrorism) for the County’s 10 million residents. Dr. Fielding is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, and has authored over 175 peer reviewed publications, editorials and book chapters on public health, health policy, health economics, and evidence-based public health practice issues. He is Editor of the Annual Review of Public Health and Chairman of Partnership for Prevention. He also serves on the Board of the American Legacy Foundation and is an elected member in the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. Dr. Fielding has received numerous awards, including the Sedgwick Memorial Medal from the American Public Health Association and the Distinguished Alumni Achievement award from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Beate Ritz, MD, Ph.D., Chair Dept. of Epidemiology | Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA

Beate Ritz joined the faculty of the School of Public Health at UCLA in 1995 and is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Epidemiology Department and holds co-appointments in the Environmental Health department at the UCLA School of Public Health and in Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine; she is a member of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), the Southern California Environmental Health Science Center (SCEHSC), and co-directs the NIEHS-funded UCLA Center for Gene-Environment Studies of Parkinson?s disease. Dr. Ritz received her MD and a PhD in Medical Sociology from the University of Hamburg Germany in 1983 and 1987; she was a research fellow and resident at the Psychiatric University-Hospital in Hamburg from 1987-1989, and received doctoral training and a PhD degree in Epidemiology in 1995 from UCLA.

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