Heat wave experts
The record-breaking heat that’s been melting airport runways in the U.K. and portions of the Tour de France route is driving home the often deadly impact of climate change and the need to take action to counter its effects.
Several Concordia experts are available to provide perspective on why so many areas are experiencing the sweltering heat as well as what changes will be necessary to withstand or even reduce these extreme events in the future.
Li recently wrote in The Conversation about how even small green space can help cool cities to mitigate the effects of extreme heat.
Hashem Akbari (Hashem.Akbari@concordia.ca)
Professor, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering and co-founder of The Global Cool Cities Alliance
Akbari’s research focuses on the impact of intelligent building technologies such as cooler roofing in reducing heat islands and global greenhouse gas emissions in urban areas.
Cucuzzella is currently co-editing a book on the life cycle of building projects given their contribution of 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions and exploring more sustainable practices.
Ursula Eicker (Ursula.Eicker@concordia.ca)
Professor, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities
Eicker was instrumental in launching the new zero-carbon buildings accelerator, designed to help the real estate industry meet the new target of building only zero-carbon buildings by 2040 and retrofitting existing buildings to the same end. Eicker was head of the Concordia delegation at last November's COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Matthews can explain why so many regions are experiencing record-breaking heat waves. His research also points to what actions will be most effective in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Paquin can address how people’s increased awareness and experience of the impacts of climate change are forcing businesses to adopt sustainability-oriented innovation. He can also highlight several Canadian success stories founded on practices that go far beyond superficial “greening”.
Liangzhou (Leon) Wang (Leon.Wang@concordia.ca)
Professor, Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and associate director, Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies
Wang recently chaired the International Conference of Building Energy and Environment, looking at how smart buildings and cities can better resist the impacts of climate change.
Lesnikowski’s most recent research examines what steps people are taking to combat climate change and whether their actions are enough.