Sustainable Built Environments Professor Ladd Keith Provides Insight for CBS Story on Tucson’s Climate Action Goal

Feb. 24, 2022
Downtown Tucson

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Ladd Keith, assistant professor of planning and sustainable built environments at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, was quoted in a February 17, 2022 KOLD-TV story on Tucson’s goals to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Ladd Keith

Ladd Keith, Assistant Professor of Planning and Sustainable Built Environments

The story mentions high-level options for the city’s goal, such as electric vehicle use and charging stations, noting that a recent city survey shows that 71% of Tucsonans “strongly support investing in electric vehicle infrastructure and electric vehicles becoming more widely used.”

“We need to make sure the most vulnerable in our community are taken care of when we address climate change but also, we’re an innovative community and we have a thriving economy,” says Keith in the article. “We can do both of those things at the same time but need to make sure everyone is at the table.”

Keith, who joined CAPLA in 2009, is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of urban planning and climate change to create more sustainable and resilient cities. He has over a decade of experience working with diverse stakeholders to solve complex urban challenges in cities across the U.S. His current research explores urban heat governance and how cities can increase heat resilience through the mitigation and management of heat. In addition to founding and leading CAPLA’s Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments, Keith teaches public participation and dispute resolution as well as climate action planning.