UofL, in partnership with the Partnership for a Green City, is sponsoring its annual Youth Summit Dec. 11 at JCTC’s Health Science Hall Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The focus of this year’s event will be on the Urban Heat Island and its implications to public health and ecological systems.

About 170 students and 18 teachers from 15 schools are expected to attend. Each will receive a meteorological station at their school.  The stations will be used to collect data to support research being conducted by Dr. David Howarth and Keith Mountain (geoscience and geography). Eight additional JCPS schools will be receiving meteorological stations used in conducting Urban Heat Island research.

“One of the critical sustainability issues Louisville faces is the public health and ecological impacts of having temperatures 2-3 degrees F higher than the surrounding area,” said Russell Barnett, director of research for the University of Louisville’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development.  “The Youth Summit will not only be a learning experience for future citizens, but they will also be participating in measuring the extent and implications of having a warmer climate in Louisville.”

The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Barnett at (502) 852-1851 or russell.barnett@louisville.edu.

Matt Lambert
Matt has served in multiple communications and marketing roles since joining UofL in 2012 and is currently a communications specialist in charge of national media outreach for research and academics. He came to UofL following a successful tenure as the Associate Director of Public Affairs and External Relations at Loyola University New Orleans. In his 20-plus year career in communications, Matt has worked as an award-winning journalist, owned his own political consulting firm and served as a communications director in the U.S. Congress. He is not only employed by UofL, but also a recent graduate, earning his MBA from the College of Business in May 2016.