Adelaide has joined an exemplary group as a finalists for cities in the world aspiring for ‘better urban health’ in The Wellbeing Cities 2020 Awards.
The Forum and awards, which would ordinarily take place in Montreal moved online in September as a result of COVID-19’s impact on the global community.
Adelaide, alongside Buenos Aires in Argentina, Cape Town in South Africa, and Philadelphia in the United States, were named as cities recognised for their efforts in protecting the health and wellbeing of the community.
The 2020 Laureate for ‘better urban health’ was Buenos Aires for their innovative cycling infrastructure.
The City of Adelaide’s launch of the ‘Feeling Hot Hot Hot!’ campaign and preparation of the community for extreme heat as a result of a changing climate, were highlighted in the cities efforts for better urban health.
Other factors noted include:
- Booked out ‘Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!’ event at the Adelaide Town Hall (expert panel discussing extreme weather scenarios, 860 registered participants, 12 community stalls).
- Adelaide’s Heatmapping Project presenting an online heat mapping tool enabling communities and councils to identify hotspots and make better decisions to minimize urban heat.
- A Citizen Science Urban Microclimate study.
- A seminar “Risky Business, Managing the Unexpected” to prepare city businesses for extreme weather events to minimize risks to wellbeing, productivity, and economy.
- Partnering with SA Health to promote Healthy in the Heat educational program.
- Partnering with the Red Cross to deliver Climate Ready Communities Training.
- Partnering with the University of Adelaide concerning research on urban heat and solutions (greening, cool materials) to help deliver the Health, Habitat and Heat Symposium.
- An online engagement campaign to support the community in preparing for heatwaves.
For more information on the Wellbeing Cities Forum and the 2020 awards, head to https://newcities.org/wellbeingcity-award/.