Published: May 20, 2021

MCA Organizing Meeting

Join us as we come together to discuss our ongoing projects, plan for the rest of 2021, and hear from the world's first ever Chief Heat Officer, Jane Gilbert, who will be interviewed by MCA Co-Chair, Trenise Bryant.
Jane Gilbert, who served as the City of Miami’s first Chief Resilience Officer, will soon make history again by serving as our region's first ever Chief Heat Officer — a position Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says is “the first ever such position in the world.” 
The formal title of position is "interim Chief Heat Officer for Resilient305" and is contracted through the Miami Foundation. In this new role, Gilbert — and co-chair Dr. Cheryl Holder, interim associate dean at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine — will head up a heat health task force with partners including municipalities, county departments, healthcare and community-based organizations and universities.

Goals for the task force’s first six to 10 months include creating the county’s first comprehensive heat plan, educating the public about higher temperatures, planning for “cool” pavement installation and setting up a framework for “cooling centers,” to be used during long power outages. Another item: adding shade structures at bus stops — a long overdue measure in a subtropical climate.Join us on Saturday as we explore with Jane how the MCA can best work with this new task force and broader effort to address heat and it’s many impacts in our communities.

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Interpretation in Spanish and Creole

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