Community-Informed Heat Relief: Policy Options for Addressing Urban Extreme Heat in High-Risk Communities

Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard. Due to the legacy of racially discriminatory redlining practices and long-term lack of investment in their communities, people of color in urban areas are disproportionately exposed to high temperatures and suffer greater consequences. To help policymakers and communities address this public health threat, the Georgetown Climate Center is releasing Community-Informed Heat Relief: Policy Options for Addressing Urban Extreme Heat in High-Risk Communities to inform a new comprehensive heat plan currently being developed by the District of Columbia, and to serve as a resource for other cities impacted by urban extreme heat.

When it is complete, DC’s plan will direct District government agencies on how best to aid frontline communities and populations most at-risk during extreme heat crises. To ensure that the policy options included in the report reflect community members' experiences and insights about what approaches are best-suited to meet their needs, GCC, the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DC DOEE), and project partners worked directly with community members and DC local service providers — groups and organizations who work directly with communities most susceptible to heat-related challenges — to craft the report’s recommendations.

Publication Date: June 30, 2021

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