Resolution citing heat as a priority
Citing heat as a priority can raise awareness and increase political pressure to reduce the risk of extreme heat. This declaration can be an important preparatory step to motivate the declaring government to set priorities and outline how they will address heat issues.
Pass a resolution that acknowledges extreme heat as well as additional climate impacts as a priority for the City to address.
Considerations for Use
Look at existing climate emergency resolutions as a template. Incorporate a climate justice perspective and center vulnerable populations in the resolution. Public dashboards on risk reduction and preparedness progress can create transparency and broader awareness of ongoing efforts.
Climate:Cold, Hot/Dry, Hot/Humid, Temperate
Policy Levers:CommitmentGovernments set ambitious goals or targets to guide prioritization and investment.
Trigger Points:Preparatory measures (actions to establish authority to act)Actions to establish/ensure the authority to act when appropriate trigger-points occur.
Target Beneficiaries:Heat-vulnerable communities, Residents
Phase of Impact:Risk reduction and mitigation
Metrics:Advancement toward heat risk reduction and preparedness (capital allocated to projects, projects initiated, plans adopted)
Authority and Governance:City government
Implementation Timeline:Short-term (1-2 Years)
Implementation Stakeholders:City government
Funding Sources:Public investment
Capacity to Act:High, Low, Medium