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Powell said Sweet Briar College constantly uses its large campus as a kind of laboratory for students to gain hands-on learning, and was excited to expand it to the region beyond its campus.

Warren expects to receive the raw data collected Thursday in September – in about six to eight weeks.

“As soon as we have this data in our hands, we’re going to dive into it and start sharing it with the community,” Warren said.

When developing the routes, Warren said they focused on areas where many people live, work, shop and play, and where the most vulnerable populations – such as the elderly and children – frequented. The roads passed the city’s five colleges and universities, public schools and retirement communities, as well as several local parks and rural and urban residential neighborhoods.

Warren said she hoped the data would be used by Lynchburg City Council, the Lynchburg City Planning Commission and Schools, as well as other businesses and community organizations, to inform future land use. in the city and start conversations about how to manage the heat risk already present. lived by the city.

For example, the data could show that some public schools are at greater risk of heat than others, Warren said, and could prompt the city’s school division to explore ways to increase green space on school grounds. games. Or, the data could show that the city center experiences more heat than the more rural areas of the city, and could start conversations between city leaders about offsetting this heat risk with cooling stations.