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  1. C L I M AT E A N D E Q U I T Y I N A C T I O N H U N T E R J O N E S , N I H H I S P R O G R A M M A N G E R N O A A R E S E A R C H
  2. H E A T I S L A N D S A N D E Q U I T Y – N Y C C A S E Afternoon Air Temperatures from NIHHIS Citizen Science Mapping Disadvantaged Census Tracts from White House CJEST Tool National Integrated Heat Health Information System NOAA Research
  3. N O A A C L I M AT E E Q U I T Y P I L O T S In 2022 NOAA convened community stakeholders to understand the disproportionate impacts of climate hazards. Based on feedback from communities, climate equity pilot projects were launched in every NOAA region to explore how we can provide more equitable services for more equitable outcomes. NOAA Research
  4. N I H H I S ( I N T R A - ) U R B A N H E A T I S L A N D M A P P I N G Community/Citizen Science centers understanding and action on populations that are at-risk and promotes solutions that work. Campaigns make heat visible, improving risk perception, understanding, and awareness among volunteers and beyond. Outcomes inform heat action planning, educational curricula, and heat mitigation such as tree planning and cool surfaces. Exposure to heat can vary by 20F across a city, with disadvantaged communities often bearing the greatest burden. National Integrated Heat Health Information System NOAA Research Citizen Scientists in Freetown, Sierra Leone Mobile Transects in New York, NY Heat Equity Mapper from
  5. H E A T T A B L E T O P E X E R C I S E S • Heat Action Plans are sometimes developed without at-risk community engagement. Communities often haven’t stress tested their plans. • NOAA Regional Coordination Teams, Climate Service Directors & NIHHIS are piloting heat tabletop exercises in: • Las Vegas, NV • Phoenix, AZ • Charleston, SC • Miami, FL • The tabletops span timescales including resilience; they are planned with community-based organizations that serve at-risk groups. National Integrated Heat Health Information System NOAA Research
  6. L E S S O N S L E A R N E D Understanding and addressing discrepancies in equitable climate resilience requires a long-term investment of time to build relationships and trust. • Working with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) is helpful. Citizen scientist time is valuable; they should be compensated for it. CBOs may not have grants management staff like government and universities. • We need new models of engagement and funding to facilitate better engagement. Climate and equity challenges can be deep-seated and often structural. No one entity has the full mission and mandate to address them comprehensively. • We need models that incentivize working across agencies, sectors, industries. Everybody has a role to play, at every step in the process – leverage what you control to make a difference. • We are improving equity through funding and project priorities (Justice40, America the Beautiful), internships/scholarships, outreach, performance plans, etc… National Integrated Heat Health Information System NOAA Research Volunteers in Charleston, SC learning about heat. Credit: Merrie Koester