Community-Informed Heat Relief: Policy Options for Addressing Urban Extreme Heat in High-Risk Communities

June 30, 2021

Extreme heat causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard. This public health threat will only worsen as climate change leads to more frequent and intense heat waves — especially in cities, which often record higher temperatures than surrounding areas. Due to the legacy of racially discriminatory redlining practices and long-term lack of investment in their communities, people of color in these urban areas are disproportionately exposed to high temperatures and suffer greater consequences.

In conjunction with Georgetown Climate Center, Tiffany Ganthier and her co-authors explore policy recommendations that may help mitigate the threat to urban areas that are susceptible to extreme heat.  

Read the full report here.