Ladd Keith

Podcast, Cli-Fi, and Science Storytelling for Climate Action in the Built Environment -
15:00 pm 10/18/2019
Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

Given the urgency of the climate crisis and need for climate mitigation and adaptation in the built environment, we must consider multiple ways of communicating climate change to engage everyone. Discover how to give narrative shape to the climate crisis to reach decision-makers of the built environment, consumers of cli-fi (climate fiction) novels and films, and podcast listeners of climate adaptation stories. Learn how these climate crisis narratives meet and differ, how to navigate hope versus despair through storytelling, and effective climate communication techniques for climate action that will shape the built environment of the future.

Dr. Ladd Keith is the Chair of the Sustainable Built Environments program and will transition from Lecturer to Assistant Professor in Planning at The University of Arizona in 2019. He is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection of urban planning and climate science and explores how policy innovation in local governance can make more sustainable and resilient cities. He is currently the principal investigator of an NOAA-funded research project evaluating the use of urban heat maps in urban planning and is co-investigator on a project developing community climate profiles tailored to local needs. He also founded and leads the Sustainable Built Environments degree program and teaches Public Participation and Dispute Resolution and Planning for Urban Resilience.
Dr. Keith has contributed to the development and analysis of a number of land use and development regulations, comprehensive plans, hazard mitigation plans, and climate action plans. He recently completed a full eight-year term on the City of Tucson’s Planning Commission and as Chair led the commission’s public participation process for Plan Tucson: General & Sustainability Plan. An active member of the Urban Land Institute, he has served on the Sustainable Development Council, was a founding member of the Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Advisory Board, and in 2016 was recognized as one of the ULI’s 40 under 40. He most recently led a ULI Advisory Service Panel on increasing the resilience of Miami‚Äôs downtown and urban waterfronts to sea level rise and extreme heat. He is also an active member of the American Planning Association and serves as an academic liaison for the Arizona Chapter.