Policy Solution

Heat resilience demonstration projects

Awareness and Engagement

Overview:

Summary: Leading tours and workshops at interventions with demonstrated success can build support for scaling solutions, generate community enthusiasm, build partnerships, and celebrate accomplishments.

Implementation: Pilot solutions to demonstrate the impact of interventions and raise awareness about heat issues. Lead community workshops and trainings on the intervention sites.

Considerations for Use: For greatest imapct, select pilot neighborhoods that may have high vulnerability to heat and low access to public cooling resources like vegetation and public space.

  • Policy Levers: The mechanism municipalities can use to actualize the intervention. These policy levers will likely be used in combination with each other.

    Awareness and EngagementGovernments may design and operate programs with the goal of increasing awareness and engagement among constituents or stakeholder groups about the risks and opportunities of extreme heat.
  • Trigger Points: Opportunities for municipalities to implement risk reduction and preparedness interventions based on the policy lever, building on the United Nations Environment Programme triggers used in the Beating the Heat handbook (2021).

    No-regrets actions (low cost/low effort but substantial benefit)Interventions that are relatively low-cost and low effort (in terms of requisite dependencies) but have substantial environmental and/or social benefits.
  • Intervention Type:
    Communications/Outreach
  • Sectors:
    Disaster Risk Management  , Informal Settlements, Public Health,

    Impact:

  • Target Beneficiaries:
    Residents; Heat-vulnerable communities
  • Phase of Impact:
    Risk reduction and mitigation
  • Metrics:
    Number of projects scaled

Implementation:

  • Intervention Scale:
    City; State/Province
  • Authority and Governance:
    City government; State/provincial government
  • Implementation Timeline:
    Medium-term (3-9 Years)
  • Implementation Stakeholders:
    Array
  • Funding Sources:
    Grants and philanthropy; Public investment
  • Capacity to Act:
    Low; Medium; High

    Benefits:

  • Cost-Benefit:
    Low
  • Public Good:
    High
  • GHG Reduction:
    N/A
  • Co-benefits (Climate/Environmental):
    N/A
  • Co-benefits (Social):
    Build social cohesion; Improve human health; Build community capacity