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California Extreme Heat Adaptation Final Guidance Document – Transportation Recommendations

October 2013

California’s Climate Action Team (CAT) developed the guidance document, Preparing California for Extreme Heat: Guidance and Recommendations, to provide California agencies with best practices for adapting to heat-related climate change impacts. Several of the recommendations focus on adaptations to the transportation sector and make recommendations for actions that can be taken by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to increase heat resilience. Transportation improvements, such as road pavement and the removal of vegetation, can contribute to higher temperatures in urban areas resulting in what are often referred to as urban heat islands.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health, California Climate Action Team (CAT)

Author or Affiliated User: Michael McCormick

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Chicago’s Building Energy Programs

September 2013

The City of Chicago adapted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to support both its mitigation and adaptation goals. Waste heat from energy consumption has been estimated to account for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities, and energy efficiency policies can be an effective strategy and mitigating these effects. [ref title=""]Dr. Brian Stone, Louisville Urban Heat Management Study, Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology (April 2016).

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

September 2013

The City of Chicago adopted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to help reduce waste energy from residential and commercial buildings, which accounts for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities. [ref title=""]Dr. Brian Stone, Louisville Urban Heat Management Study, Urban Climate Lab of the Georgia Institute of Technology (April 2016). [/ref] This ordinance in combination with the city's energy conservation code and utility cost disclosure ordinance seek to enhance energy efficiency in the city's building stock and reduce waste heat from buildings.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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City of Chicago Utility Cost Disclosure Ordinance

March 13, 2013

The City of Chicago adopted energy efficiency policies for both commercial and residential buildings to help reduce waste energy from residential and commercial buildings, which accounts for about one-third of the urban heat island effect, in some US cities. This ordinance in combination with the city's energy conservation code and energy benchmarking ordinance seek to enhance energy efficiency in the city's building stock and reduce waste heat from buildings.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

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Climate and Health - Understanding the Risk: An Assessment of San Francisco’s Vulnerability to Extreme Heat Events

2013

The San Francisco Department of Public Health was awarded funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct an environmental health assessment of vulnerability to heat waves and air quality. This report provides an overview of the health department’s study of heat distribution, and predictions of neighborhoods that are especially vulnerable to extreme heat in San Francisco, California. The assessment will inform climate change adaptation planning efforts including a heat wave disaster response plan.

Related Organizations: San Francisco Department of Public Health

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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State of California Extreme Heat Adaptation Interim Guidance Document

August 31, 2012

This document presents a brief overview of current climate projections for increased temperature and extreme heat conditions for California, and addresses the human health impacts of increasing temperature in the state. In particular, it focuses on climate model projections of longer and more frequent extreme heat events. The report details the content of these projections for California, including an explanation of the urban heat island effect.

Related Organizations: California Department of Public Health, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), State of California, California Climate Action Team (CAT)

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Adapting to Urban Heat: A Tool Kit for Local Governments

August 2012

This tool kit 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. 

Related Organizations: Harrison Institute, Georgetown Climate Center

Author or Affiliated User: Sara Hoverter

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Minnesota Extreme Heat Toolkit

June 6, 2012

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)’s Extreme Heat Toolkit offers information, tools, and resources to local governments and public health professionals about preparing for and responding to extreme heat events.  The toolkit focuses on Minnesota examples and processes and describes practical, implementable steps and strategies to prevent morbidity and mortality from extreme heat at the local level. The toolkit also provides several appendices, including a generic heat response plan that can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific location.

Related Organizations: Minnesota Department of Health

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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The Heat is On: U.S. Temperature Trends

June 2012

This report from Climate Central presents a state-by-state analysis of warming over the past 100 years and shows where it warmed the most and where it warmed the least. The report is timely, as the first five months of 2012 were the warmest on record in the U.S, and the 12 month period ending May 2012 was the warmest 12 month period on record in the country. 

Related Organizations: Climate Central

Authors or Affiliated Users: Claudia Tebaldi, Dennis Adams-Smith, Nicole Heller

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Urban Greening Strategy Report for the City of Bowie, Maryland

November 2011

The City of Bowie, Maryland assessed how it could enhance its urban tree canopy to improve environmental outcomes and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The report describes the current conditions of the City's tree canopy, and the ecosystem service benefits provided by the existing urban forest. Strategies are identified that Bowie could implement to enhance and preserve the urban tree canopy - to maximize these ecosystem services and climate adaptation.

Related Organizations: University of Vermont, City of Bowie, Maryland

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