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Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation Webinar Series

December 2019

The Tribal Climate Health Project hosted a series of 10 live, national webinars on Tribal Climate and Health Adaptation (TC&HA) between August to December 2019. These webinars provided training and guidance for tribal-serving health and environmental professionals on the intersection of climate change and tribal health. The trainings included steps, tools, case studies, and other resources on topics including the different climate-related impacts on tribal communities, how to perform vulnerability assessments, and how to form, implement and evaluate adaptation strategies and plans. There were several interactive components of this training, as participants were encouraged each week to discuss related readings, provide their own experiences and findings, and participate in polls, surveys, and other forms of feedback along the entire 10 week training. 

 

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Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs: Energy Assistance

Maryland Office of Home Energy Programs: Energy Assistance: The Office of Home Energy Programs (OHEP) provides bill assistance to low-income households in the State of Maryland to make energy costs more affordable and ensure the stability of home energy services through several programs. The OHEP houses four grants to contribute energy assistance: the Maryland Energy Assistance Program; the Electrical Universal Service Program; the Utility Service Protection Program; and Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Services.

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Retrofit Chicago

June 2012

Retrofit Chicago: Retrofit Chicago is a cross-sector effort led by the Mayor’s Office to drive energy efficiency in municipal, commercial, and residential buildings across the city, which works to save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create jobs. The Residential Partnership unites non-profit groups and utility companies to better connect residents to energy retrofit contractors, free energy upgrades, and equipment rebates. Other customer benefits include free energy assessments with free energy-saving products and installation; rebates for energy-efficient appliances and other products; financing tools such as income qualifying grants for bungalow & vintage homeowners; energy savers loans; and on-bill financing and connection to qualified contractors.

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DC Hotel Voucher Program

2020

Under the auspices of D. C. law, the Interagency Council on Homelessness is required to meet the emergency housing needs of both homeless families and homeless individuals in instances of severe weather – whether hot or cold. As a result, the District’s Department of Human Services (DHS) works with hotels and motels in the greater metropolitan area to provide rooms for families and individuals when there are no vacancies at shelters. Due in part, however, to D. C. ’s Homeward initiative and other homeless services, the number of participants in the program have dwindled as people have either been transferred to permanent housing or other shelters.

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Cold Weather Shelter Voucher Program for San Diego, California

1997

Since 1997, San Diego County, California’s Department of Housing and Community Development, in collaboration with the Health and Human Services Agency, implemented the Cold Weather Shelter Voucher Program, which provides emergency hotel and motel vouchers to homeless families and individuals – seniors, people with disabilities, and pregnant women – during winter months or inclement weather. Participants are permitted to stay for up to 28 days in the hotel/motel, and during this stay, will have access to resources that will help the individual or families find more permanent housing.

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Denver, Colorado Cold Weather Motel Voucher Program

The Denver Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a Cold Weather Motel Voucher program, which is designed to ensure that homeless families have a temporary place to stay during colder, inclement weather. Vouchers are offered by DHS between October and April, during periods when the temperature drops below 40 degrees and when all Denver shelters are at capacity. Families with children under the age of 18 can apply for a voucher through the program, and stay in a participating motel for up to two weeks.

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The Use of Cooling Centers to Prevent Heat-Related Illness: Summary of Evidence and Strategies for Implementation

August 7, 2017

In August 2017, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released the report, The Use of Cooling Centers to Prevent Heat-Related Illness: Summary of Evidence and Strategies for Implementation, which summarizes the effectiveness of cooling centers through concentrating on relevant peer-reviewed sources. After analyzing this peer-reviewed literature and examples of best practices, the document lays out the steps a health department or other applicable organizations or agencies can take to implement a cooling center.

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CalEPA’s Urban Heat Island Interactive Maps

CalEPA’s Urban Heat Island Interactive Maps: The California Environmental Protection Agency has released an interactive urban heat map tool that shows heat islands throughout the state of California. Using Google Earth, the tool color codes the heat of cities according to intensity, with green at the lowest temperatures, and red at the highest. Temperatures were taken over the summer of two years—2006 and 2013. One of the outputs the map provides is an urban heat index, which quantifies the extent and severity of an urban heat island in a particular area within a city.

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Extrema Paris Heat Map

Extrema Paris Heat Map: The EXTREMA Project—funded primarily by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid of the European Commission—is a mobile application that alerts its users if there is a high health risk in a certain area due to extreme heat, and directs the user to the nearest cooling facility or installation. To determine this health risk, the application uses real-time data regarding temperature, humidity, and discomfiture for every square kilometer, which is updated every five minutes, and evaluates the risk to an individual user based on their personalized health information.

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NYC Heat Program: Fire Hydrant Abuse Prevention

July 26, 2019

NYC Heat Program: Fire Hydrant Abuse Prevention: The New York City Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) 2019 Hydrant Education Action Team (HEAT) program is a fire hydrant abuse prevention campaign that deploys teams of teens hired through the Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to inform New Yorkers about the dangers of illegally opening fire hydrants. The program educates residents on how the hydrants can be opened legally if equipped with a City-approved spray cap.

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