Community cooling centers
Funding and Financing
Cooling centers are public spaces with air conditioning available during extreme heat and heatwaves. Cooling centers are critical for vulnerable populations who may not have access to air conditioning at home.
Leverage existing infrastructure such as libraries, senior centers, and places of worship to provide temporary cool shelter for members of the public during extreme heat. Steps may include 1) identifying appropriate structures (e.g. government-owned buildings); 2) allocating funding (e.g. through community benefits agreement or grant program), and 3) providing amenities (e.g. additional community services).
Considerations for Use
Consider transportation barriers for vulnerable populations when selecting cooling centers to ensure accessibility.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:Funding and FinancingThe allocation of public or philanthropic funding or private financing to implement projects, including risk transfer mechanisms.
Trigger Points:City planning processesIncludes city initiatives such as the development of climate action plan, pathway to zero-energy, master plan, transit plan, energy mapping etc.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.
Sectors:Disaster Risk Management, Education, Informal Settlements, Public Health, Transportation
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Emergency response and management
Metrics:Number of community members with access to cooling centers, Number of cooling centers
Authority and Governance:City government, State/provincial government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:CBOs, City government, State/provincial government
Funding Sources:Grants and philanthropy, Private investment, Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Medium
Co-benefits (Social/Economic):Build community capacity, Build social cohesion, Improve human health