Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:30

Next Gen. planners trained to tackle heat

Heat camera picking up surface temperature of play equipment in a new development. Heat camera picking up surface temperature of play equipment in a new development.

The Turn Down the Heat Strategy is set to become required reading for Western Sydney University students studying the Master of Planning degree.

A new unit delivered by Dr Sebastian Pfautsch will focus on urban heat and how to mitigate it. The unit will include a number of guest lecturers from Western Sydney councils.

Dr Pfautsch said “Urban heat is one of the most critical planning issues facing Western Sydney and will become increasingly important in future, so it makes sense that our planners are trained to address it.”

“This new unit is the first of its kind in Western Sydney and adopts an interdisciplinary approach to a complex issue such as urban heat” he said.

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert welcomed the program. 

“Ensuring that the next generation of planners have the knowledge and tools needed to respond to a warming climate is essential," said Cr Calvert.

“We commend Dr Pfautsch for bringing these real-world issues into the classroom and thank him for his ongoing work with councils in Western Sydney."

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