City of Bloomington Launches Community Heat Survey to Tackle Extreme Heat Challenges

Written from press release

Bloomington, Ind. – July 8, 2024 – In response to the increasing threat of extreme heat due to climate change, the City of Bloomington’s Economic and Sustainable Development (ESD) department has initiated the Bloomington Community Heat Survey. This survey, running from July 1 to August 1, 2024, seeks to gather vital information from residents to aid in the development of a comprehensive Extreme Heat Action Plan.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the 10-minute survey by visiting bton.in/qsvVS or by scanning the provided QR code. The survey aims to collect insights on how heat waves affect various neighborhoods and individuals within Bloomington. The data gathered will be critical in identifying areas in need of cooling strategies and resources, guiding the implementation of solutions such as tree plantings and green infrastructure.

Shawn Miya, Assistant Director of Sustainability, highlighted the importance of this initiative: “The insights from this survey will help us develop targeted actions to protect our community from the dangers of extreme heat.”

The survey ensures anonymity and confidentiality, allowing respondents to skip questions or withdraw at any time. Participants who complete the survey can enter a drawing to win a $20 gift card as a token of appreciation. Participation is free of charge.

This initiative is part of ESD’s broader heat mitigation and resilience campaign, “Stay Cool Bloomington!”. For further details on these initiatives, visit bloomington.in.gov/sustainability. For inquiries about the survey, contact [email protected].

The survey is supported by the IU Luddy School’s Healthy Cities Lab and the IU Environmental Resilience Institute as part of the BEAT THE HEAT program.

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