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SEEC Virtual Forum - Webinar 5: Extreme Heat Resilience Among Disadvantaged Communities in Stockton
Extreme heat events are becoming more common with global climate change. The general population is often unaware of the dangers posed by extreme heat events. This danger is most acute for vulnerable members of the population. This danger is heightened for disadvantaged communities, who are made vulnerable to extreme heat risks due to aging building stocks, with poor maintenance, and a lower incidence of installed air conditioning. At the same time, there are many low-cost/no-cost measures which people can adopt to protect themselves from the dangers of extreme heat. Indicia Consulting, led by principal investigator Dr. Susan Mazur-Stommen and project director Haley Gilbert, concluded a project with Rising Sun Opportunity Center to investigate extreme heat resiliency among vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.

In 2019, Rising Sun conducted 823 Green House Calls in the Stockton area of Northern California. Indicia Consulting developed questions to learn more about extreme heat risks in homes. Residents were also offered a choice to take a pledge to make a beneficial change to a behavior associated with energy, water, or heat resilience. From the data gathered during the Green House Calls, Indicia Consulting developed two composite scores to characterize and analyze households and homes: a Household Vulnerability Score, and a Home Heat Risk Score. Using these, we identified those most in need of assistance via programs to reduce home heat risk. Taxpayer dollars are thus used more effectively to reduce mortality and morbidity associated with extreme heat.

Confirmed Speakers:
Susan Mazur-Stommen, Ph.D. | Cultural Anthropologist, Founder and Principal | INDICIA Consulting
Haley Gilbert | Program Director | INDICIA Consulting
Darren Kumar | Senior Regional Manager | Rising Sun Center For Opportunity

Jul 8, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Susan Mazur-Stommen, Ph.D.
Cultural Anthropologist, Founder and Principal @INDICIA Consulting
Susan Mazur-Stommen is an anthropologist who has researched culture, behavior, and sustainability for over twenty years. Dr. Mazur-Stommen founded Indicia Consulting LLC in 2006 to bring ethnography to a wider audience. Indicia Consulting defines its primary purpose as an increase in sustainability by using proven social science insights and methods. Dr. Mazur-Stommen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from San Jose State University. She received both a Master of Arts and a Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Riverside. She is a Fulbright recipient and a former Smithsonian Institution fellow. She was the co-chair for the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference from 2011-2014, and serves as a co-chair on the AAA’s MPAAC.
Haley Gilbert
Consultant @INDICIA Consulting
Haley Gilbert is an independent consultant working with Indicia Consulting and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Heat Island Group. For the past 11 years, she has worked with researchers; local, state, and federal governments; non-profits; utilities, industry, and community organizations to develop and carry out projects on the characterization and mitigation of urban heat islands. She co-leads the new Cool Building Solutions for a Warming World Collaborative and is currently participating in several projects to apply passive building cooling strategies to reduce health risks from extreme heat in disadvantaged communities. Prior to joining LBNL, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency coordinating green building and sustainability projects.
Darren Kumar
Senior Regional Manager @Rising Sun Center For Opportunity
Darren Kumar is the Senior Regional Manager at Rising Sun Center For Opportunity, where he oversees the operations of the San Joaquin County HQ office, as well as the implementation of all Central Valley based programs. Darren has almost 15 years of experience working in the philanthropic sector, and an educational background in administration. Darren first joined Rising Sun in 2011, to support Rising Sun's portfolio of Bay Area initiatives. In 2014, Darren transitioned into supporting the expansion of Rising Sun's offerings to San Joaquin County. Since then, Darren has been administering the Climate Careers program primarily in the City of Stockton. His areas of experience entail: program design, community relations , youth development , recruitment, the indirect management of 45+ full-time/seasonal staff members, and overseeing special projects being implemented in partnership with various organizations e.g. PG&E, BayREN, LBNL, REDF, Indicia Consulting, the City of Stockton, etc.