Tue, Nov 21, 2023

Cooling the capital: How Athens is designing a cooler future 

Amid rising temperatures, Athens, Greece has taken bold steps to combat extreme heat. The city’s Chief Heat Officers have worked to raise awareness, increase preparedness, and redesign the city for a cooler, safer future.


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Image of street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where we announced the first Chief Heat Officer in Asia.

Wed, May 3, 2023

Dhaka North becomes the first city in Asia to appoint a Chief Heat Officer

Dhaka will join the ranks of Arsht-Rock’s Global Champions for Heat Action in one of the fastest growing cities in the world.


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Monastiraki square in Athens, Greece. Shot from a rooftop bar on the other side of the street. An incredible view of the Acropolis and surrounding city. Photo by Andrea Leopardi on Unsplash.

Tue, May 2, 2023

Elissavet Bargianni announced as new Chief Heat Officer for Athens, Greece

Bargianni succeeds Eleni Myrivili, who held the position since 2021, and is now the Global Chief Heat Officer for UN-Habitat.


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Thu, Apr 27, 2023

“Me muero de calor”: How Santiago is building local solutions for extreme heat

In Santiago, Chief Heat Officer Cristina Huidobro is building local solutions for climate-driven extreme heat.


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Wed, Apr 19, 2023

From concrete to canopy: how three cities are using urban greening to protect their communities from extreme heat 

Cities around the world experience soaring temperatures. Urban greenery plays a role in combatting the heat. This blog puts the spotlight on three cities—Miami, Freetown, and Melbourne—working hand-in-hand with local residents to plant the seeds for cooler, greener, and healthier cities of the future.


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Image of school children in green uniforms holding Freetown's #BeatTheHeat flyers.

Fri, Jan 20, 2023

Freetown on the frontlines of climate action: The city’s plan for extreme heat

Freetown, Sierra Leone launched its Climate Action Plan and Heat Season campaign to empower residents with the knowledge and tools they need to protect themselves from climate-driven extreme heat.


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Wed, Dec 14, 2022

Miami’s Extreme Heat Action Plan: a blueprint to reduce the health and economic impacts of extreme heat  

Miami's Extreme Heat Action Plan will inform, prepare, and protect residents for extreme heat events next summer and beyond.


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Thu, Oct 6, 2022

Melbourne, Australia, Lord Mayor Announces City’s First-ever Chief Heat Officers 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — 7 October, 2022


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Mon, Jul 18, 2022

How can Europe prepare for its next heat wave?

Arsht-Rock's Global CHO Eleni Myrivili shares her three approaches in TED Talk.


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Image of Arsht-Rock team and UN-HABITAT team holding signed MOUs at the World Urban Forum in Katowice, Poland. Global chief heat officer announcement.

Wed, Jun 29, 2022

First-ever Global Chief Heat Officer announced at the World Urban Forum

UN-Habitat and Arsht-Rock made the announcement under the framework of a collaboration to address the impact of extreme urban heat.


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