Volunteers Collect Data for Richmond’s Heat Watch Campaign

August 19, 2021

The City of Richmond will complete a city-wide Heat Watch campaign on Monday, August 23rd. Volunteers will drive vehicles or ride bikes affixed with digital thermometers that will record temperatures in parts of the city throughout the day. Collected data will be used to pinpoint areas of the city that are adversely affected by heat.

The Heat Watch campaign is completed as part of the grant-funded Beat the Heat program. The Beat the Heat Program was launched by IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). Richmond was one of only two Indiana communities selected to participate in the national effort. Data gathered by Richmond residents during the Heat Watch campaign will be used as the basis for developing strategies to mitigate the negative effects of heat on subject populations who can’t cool down as easily.

Interested volunteers and members of the press may reach out to Lucy Mellen, Heat Relief Coordinator for comments and inquiries.  




Press Contact:

Lucy Mellen

Heat Relief Coordinator

For the official press release, click HERE.

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