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Research on Urban Heat Islands is Highlight of Kaitlin Savage’s VCU Experience

During the last week of classes, Kaitlin Savage traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for the MIT Sustainability Summit, then hosted a community event for her nonprofit, the Urban Sustainability and Equity Center, at the VCUarts Depot.

A transfer student, she double-majored in urban and regional studies in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and environmental studies in Life Sciences.

“There are a lot of opportunities to take on projects that are meaningful in the city of Richmond,” she said. “I’m in a better position to catalyze change.”

An independent research project on urban heat islands is a highlight of her VCU experience. There are ties between the hotter temperatures in some city neighborhoods and worse health outcomes, poverty levels, educational attainment and more.

While climate change can seem overwhelming on the global scale, “looking at Richmond and seeing that there are these really huge inequities, this is something that I feel is within reach,” she said.

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