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An Open Call for Policy Ideas to Tackle the Extreme Heat Crisis

08.14.23 | 3 min read

This summer, 130 million Americans have been placed under some type of heat advisory. National records for heat continue to be shattered each month, with July 2023 estimated to be the hottest month ever recorded on Earth. Even though extreme heat is the number one weather-related killer of Americans, it receives minimal targeted federal support and funding for planning, mitigation, and recovery. State and local leaders across the country have been rapidly responding to the consequences of extreme heat with no comprehensive playbook for an effective response.

There is a need to build resilience to the heat waves yet to come. Our national response to extreme heat is still actively being developed and can be bolstered by increased federal action across the White House, Congress, and federal agencies. To ensure a rapid, equitable response to extreme heat for all Americans, high-quality policy ideas ready for action are in hot demand.

What We’re Looking For

Ideas for heat policy that are innovative, ambitious, and actionable. At this time, we are not looking for ideas for state and local policies, although we welcome ideas to better coordinate the state and local response from a federal level. Your recommendations should focus on one of the following topics:

How It Works

FAS and partners will synthesize recommendations with contributors and collaboratively provide inputs to the policy leaders working with and within the White House, Congress, and federal agencies on ways to strengthen federal responses to the building extreme heat crisis.

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Extreme Heat Challenge

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