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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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The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant Program, the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative on Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC), and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - USA (ICLEI), has developed a City-led, science-based, and stakeholder-supported process to begin climate adaptation planning.  




Alabama Office of the State Climatologist

It is the role of the Alabama Office of State Climatology to provide weather and climate information to the public and private interests to improve decision making activities that affect environmental quality and the economic efficiency of the State. Activities include providing specific weather data for the State and for the world, developing plans to mitigate the economic impacts of weather and climate variability, and providing consultation on the use, interpretation and availability of weather and climate information.




Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) - RISA

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP) is part of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. Based in the University of Alaska - Fairbanks, ACCAP aims to assess the socio-economic and biophysical impacts of climate variability in Alaska, and make this information available to state and local decision-makers to improve the ability of Alaskan's to adapt to a changing climate.




Alaska Climate Research Center

The primary mission of this center is to respond to inquiries concerning the meteorology and climatology of Alaska from public, private, and government agencies, and from researchers around the world. Most of the climatological data available for Alaska has been accumulated in Fairbanks and by the state climatologist in Anchorage at the Alaska State Climate Center. This Research Center archives digital climate records, develops climate statistics, and writes monthly weather summaries, which are published in several newspapers around the state and in Weatherwise magazine.




Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: Center for Climate and Health

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is a not-for-profit tribal health organization managed by Alaska Native tribal governments and their regional health organizations. The Consortium was created in 1997 to provide statewide Native health services. 




Alaska Sea Grant

Alaska Sea Grant supports marine and coastal research, provides education and extension services, distributes information about Alaska's seas and coasts, and provides funding to scientific researchers and graduate students. Their Marine Advisory Program is for fishermen, boat operators, coastal residents, tour guides, the seafood industry, and others who make a living from or enjoy the waters of Alaska. This program produces and distributes a variety of publications for the general public, K-12 educators, fishermen, and others.




Alaska State Climate Center

The Alaska State Climate Center (ASCC) provides climatological information and and official weather data to the public.   The Center is operated by the Alaska State Climatologist, Dr. Peter Olsson and the ASCC staff on the main campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The Climate Center is a component of UAA's Environment and Natural Resources Institute (ENRI) which conducts research in high-latitude bio- and geosciences. The ASCC works closely with the federal, state, regional and local agencies who are responsible for data collection/stewardship to provide their clients with the highest quality and most up-to-date data possible.




Alliance for Climate Education

The Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) is an award-winning national nonprofit dedicated to educating America's high school students about the science behind climate change and inspiring them to do something about it - while having fun along the way. ACE is based in Oakland, California, with educator teams in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, DC, Atlanta, New England, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina and Wisconsin.




America's Energy Coast

America’s Energy Coast (AEC) is an initiative of the America’s WETLAND Foundation. AEC is a diverse group of major businesses and industries, national environmental and conservation organizations, scientists and researchers, and coastal interests from across the four energy-producing states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama – collectively known as America’s Energy Coast