Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments

Posted on: 10/19/2016 - Updated on: 1/20/2023

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Jose Gonzalez

Overview

This Urban Heat Tool Kit provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches.

It is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.  It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches. It also examines the roles government can play in pursuing these changes: shaping government’s own operations, mandating or providing incentives for private choices, and engaging in public education.
 
Each of the four main chapters provides decision-making criteria and examples of mandates, incentives, public education programs, and government operations for each strategy.  Each chapter also concludes with a set of “no-regrets” policies that local officials may undertake  that provide multiple benefits, including public health, air quality, and energy efficiency, in addition to reducing urban heat impacts. 

Description

It examines the roles government can play in pursuing these changes: shaping government’s own operations, mandating or providing incentives for private choices, and engaging in public education. The menu of options it provides does not prescribe a particular path for all communities. Instead, it offers a complete list of options and the means to select among them to t particular circumstances.

Audience

This Urban Heat Tool Kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.

Managing Organizations

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.

The Center performs a vital role in the development of policy by:

Keywords

Scale of Tool
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy