Objectives and Scope
The projects, conducted in collaboration with Western Alliance for Greenhouse Action (WAGA) and Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA), aimed to:
- Assess buildings’ structural components and geographical accessibility.
- Educate council staff on the role of cool spaces during heatwaves.
- Capacity Building and Tools
A key focus was on upskilling council staff from diverse departments, thereby fostering cross-departmental cooperation. Assessment tools developed during the projects can be used for future building evaluations.
Need for the Project
Climate change is expected to intensify heatwaves, posing a significant risk to vulnerable populations. Urban Heat Island (UHI) effects further escalate these risks in urban regions. While some heat response plans exist within local governments, there is a lack of a coordinated regional strategy, exacerbated by the strains of the Covid-19 crisis on emergency management.