2018 Champion City

Phoenix, AZ : 2018 Champion City

Holistic Management of Urban Heat

  • 1,615,017

  • Thelda Williams

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Climate

    Issue Area

The Problem

Increasing urban heat threatens the health and well-being of vulnerable residents in Phoenix – the hottest major city in the U.S – as well as its long-term economic viability, yet the city lacks a cohesive strategy to address this major risk.

The Idea

The City of Phoenix will create a first-of-its-kind HeatReady program (like programs developed for storms) to enable local governments to holistically manage how they identify, prepare for, mitigate, track, and respond to the dangers of urban heat.

What Thelda Williams, Mayor of Phoenix, AZ is saying:

As our city grows, so does the urban heat and our ever-increasing need for shade and heat relief. Phoenix is excited to become the first HeatReady city in the nation and to develop a plan that will enhance quality of life for our residents and potentially save lives.


Our Prototyping Journey