Instructor: Bonnie Prinse

Board: Florida Building Code Professional (BCAIB)

Credit Hours: 2.00
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Approval Number: 0614197

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Course Description

Heat islands are urbanized areas that experience higher temperatures than outlying areas. Structures such as buildings, roads, and other infrastructure absorb and re-emit the sun’s heat more than natural landscapes such as forests and water bodies. Urban areas, where these structures are highly concentrated and greenery is limited, become “islands” of higher temperatures relative to outlying areas. Daytime temperatures in urban areas are about 1 to 7°F higher than temperatures in outlying areas and nighttime temperatures are about 2 to 5°F higher.
How we address our rapidly warming built environment is discussed in general terms from defining what an Urban Heat Island is through ways to mitigate and confront their impact.

Course Objectives

When the student has completed this course, they will be able to:
  • Describe what heat islands are, what causes them and how mitigation efforts can work.
  • Identify strategies to counter the negative impacts of heat islands.
  • Explain how our built environment has created hot spots across our geographic landscape.
  • Discuss how heat islands contribute to a range of environmental, energy, economic, and human health impacts.
  • Express how a range of development and conservation strategies can help protect the natural environment and at the same time make our communities more attractive, economically stronger, and more livable. 
  • Restate ways to improve resilience to future extreme heat events and how cities can incorporate heat island reduction strategies.


Instructor Bio

Bonnie PrinseBonnie Prinse

Ms. Prinse holds a BS Degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has pursued master degree studies in Aquatic Zoology at the University of South Florida. She has written scientific portions of impact statements for wetland/upland land delineation, endangered species studies, and water quality testing while employed with a civil engineering and architectural firm in Tampa, FL. Her experience in environmental studies and new construction lend itself to documentary film making, particularly environmental stories that have taken her to the Amazon in Peru and to Costa Rica. Most recently her involvement with earthen construction projects led to a video production showcasing the benefits of building “green.”

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