Welcome to the Implement and Scale Heat Action module! Following completion of the planning phase, you will transition to Implement and Scale Heat Actions. This module provides resources to assist you in ensuring that the implementation team is prepared and successful while initiating project pilots and programs.
Essential Actions, Outputs, and Outcomes from this Module
Create the plan for the pilot and its potential scaling in partnership with community members and organizations, government agencies, and civil society partners.
Create a project/program concept that prioritizes and sequences the implementation of identified interventions, and scopes budget and human capital requirements.
Documentation of partners’ feedback.
Project/program concept document.
Heat resilience solutions moved from pilot to scale.
Understand existing design and technical resources for implementation.
The Essential Actions, Outputs, and Outcomes include the core elements of the more comprehensive approach described throughout the rest of the module. We know that time, resources, and capacity can limit the breadth and depth of interventions you undertake. Simply beginning to explore these modules and consider what solutions are appropriate for your context is a critical step toward building your jurisdiction’s heat resilience. At any point, reach out to Arsht-Rock using the contact form at the bottom of the page with questions and comments.
Finding technical resources for project implementation
Urban trees resources
For an online tool which helps you select the most appropriate tree species based on your country and desired tree benefits, see the i-Tree Species Tool developed by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
For a resource that details how green infrastructure can be added to a dense urban area, see the Athens Green Guide by alchemia nova.
- United Kingdom
For information on how to identify opportunities for urban tree planting and the process of tree pit design, see pages 20-24 of the Urban Tree Planting Design Guide from Green Blue Urban.
- North America
For the key aspects to evaluate when planting urban trees and a guide to site assessment, see this tree planting tool kit from Vibrant Cities Lab, a partnership of the US Forest Service, American Forests, and the National Association of Regional Councils.
- United States
For more information on how to restore soil for tree planting, see specifications from Susan Day et al.
Cool roofs and streets resources
For more information on how to implement cool roofs, see pages 70-75 of A Practical Guide to Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements from Global Cool Cities Alliance and R20 Regions of Climate Action.
For more information on regulations for cool roofs, see pages 84 and 89 in Primer for Cool Cities: Reducing Excessive Urban Heat by the World Bank.
For examples of cool roof types applied in India, see page 10 of Cool Roofs: Protecting Local Communities and Saving Energy by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Mahila Housing Trust, and other partners.
For an overview of how to select and install cool roofs, and access to additional resources, see Arup’s Using Cool Roofs webpage.
Shading and retrofits resources
For more information on shade planning methodology and guidelines, see pages 8-9 of Open Space Shade Policy Planning Guidelines from the city of Tel Aviv.
- United States
For guidance and case studies on heat-resilient retrofits, see pages 18-23 of the Resilient Retrofits report from the Urban Land Institute.
Early warning systems resources
For more information on the framework and metrics to use in developing a heat health warning system, see pages 26-32 of Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development from the World Meteorological Organization and the World Health Organization.
Energy efficient building codes
Actions to consider when scaling a pilot project
Partner with communities
Ensure that communities are meaningfully involved (ideally, in a co-development role) before, during and after the implementation of pilots or programs, and that any earlier community feedback on the pilot is fully integrated. Engage the supply houses, manufacturers, developers, and contractors to build familiarity with the solutions and encourage scaling through the private sector.
Analyze social, health, and economic benefits
Assess and quantify (where possible) the social, health, and economic benefits of the intervention based on the outcome of the pilot. Build this into the planning for the project from the beginning and the evaluation efforts throughout.
Incorporate the solution into other city processes and agencies
Identify where you can integrate the scaling of the solution into other city processes, from broader climate adaptation planning to budgetary processes.
Track internal and external stakeholders
Revisit and update your stakeholder analysis to create a plan detailing who you will need to engage both internally and externally to successfully scale the project.
Begin plans to scale from early on
If applicable to your project, integrate plans to scale from the early design phase to create the greatest likelihood of success.