Running barefoot from scorching asphalt to cool grass in the summertime exemplifies how cityscapes tend to get much warmer than green spaces, but summer heat can be dangerous, too. The City of Las Cruces Sustainability office wants to learn how higher temperatures are affecting the community’s comfort outside and in the home. The City’s Sustainability Office encourages residents to complete A Summer Heat Survey, or call 575/541-2177 to request a paper copy of the survey. As an added incentive, respondents will have an opportunity to enter a drawing, presented by the Green Chamber of Commerce, for $10 gift cards.
“Extreme heat can have serious health impacts, and buildings and pavement increase its threat, making some parts of cities up to 20°F hotter than other parts. We want everyone to be safe,” said Lisa LaRocque, Sustainability Officer. “The survey is the first step to engage a broad variety of stakeholders to find the most effective solutions such as encouraging cool reflective surfaces and roofs; adding more trees for shade and landscape supported by harvested stormwater, and engaging in urban design to increase natural airflow through hot neighborhoods,” LaRocque added.
As part of this study, the City of Las Cruces is also partnering with New Mexico State University (NMSU) Climate Center, which will be collecting air temperatures throughout the city this week.
For questions or a mail-in survey option, leave a message for Lisa at 575/541-2177.
Para preguntas o una opción de encuesta por red, Una Encuesta de Calor de Verano, o por correo deje un mensaje para Lisa al 575/541-2177.
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