Turn Off the Sunshine: Shade as an Equity Issue in a Warming Los Angeles


As climate change intensifies and Los Angeles suffers through more days of extreme heat each year, shade is quickly becoming an equity issue of crucial importance.

Location: Choi Auditorium

How can we coordinate efforts to increase the tree canopy and update street-furniture design with other improvements to create a comprehensive strategy for providing shade where we need it most? How can designs to increase shade be incorporated into other large-scale planning efforts across the city and region, including Metro expansion, efforts to reimagine the Los Angeles River and the 2028 Summer Olympics?

Panelists for this event (which takes its title from a 1942 book about Los Angeles by Timothy J. Turner) will include: Andy Lipkis, founder and president of Tree People; Sahra Sulaiman, communities editor for Streetsblog L.A.; Jennifer Pope McDowell, associate director of infrastructure in the Mayor's Office of City Services; and Gerdo Aquino, CEO of landscape and urban-design firm SWA Group.