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Policy Entrepreneurship to Address Today’s Biggest Challenges

What distinguishes FAS is unlocking progress through “policy entrepreneurship” in areas where tractability has long been elusive. 

04.05.24 | 2 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
A National Framework for Sustainable Urban Forestry to Combat Extreme Heat

The incoming administration should undertake a multi-agency effort to further develop the science and quantify the benefits of urban forests today and into the future.

04.04.24 | 7 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Optimizing $4 Billion of Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program Funding To Protect the Most Vulnerable Households From Extreme Heat

The federal government must maximize existing funds to mitigate heat stress and ensure the equitable distribution of these resources to the most vulnerable households.

04.04.24 | 8 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Enhancing Public Health Preparedness for Climate Change-Related Health Impacts

The escalating frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, exacerbated by climate change, pose a significant and growing threat to public health. By leveraging funding mechanisms, incentives, and requirements, HHS can strengthen health system preparedness.

04.04.24 | 8 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
A Call for Immediate Public Health and Emergency Response Planning for Widespread Grid Failure Under Extreme Heat

In a blackout, access to critical services like telecommunications, transportation, and medical assistance is also compromised, which only intensifies and compounds the urgency for coordinated response efforts.

04.03.24 | 9 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Protecting Workers from Extreme Heat through an Energy-efficient Workplace Cooling Transformation

An energy-efficient workplace cooling transformation is needed to ensure businesses have the support required to comply with existing state heat rules and upcoming federal workplace heat prevention requirements.

04.03.24 | 9 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
A Comprehensive Strategy to Address Extreme Heat in Schools

To protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children, the federal government must facilitate efforts to collect the data required to drive extreme heat mitigation and adaptive capacity in the classroom.

04.02.24 | 11 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Adapting the Nation to Future Temperatures through Heat-Resilient Procurement

To spur demand and send a strong signal for beneficial private sector innovation and scale, the federal government can lead by example to drive the market for products and services that build heat resilience.

04.02.24 | 6 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Enhanced Household Air Conditioning Access Data for More Targeted Federal Support Against Extreme Heat

Better data on working AC infrastructure in American homes would improve how the federal government and its state and local partners target local social services and interventions during extreme heat events.

04.02.24 | 7 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Combating Extreme Heat with a National Moonshot

The White House Climate Policy Office should establish a National Moonshot to Combat Extreme Heat, an all-of-government program to accelerate federal efforts to reduce heat risk.

04.02.24 | 10 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Adopting Evidence-Based Heat Stress Management Strategies in the Workplace to Enhance Climate Equity

Without a federal heat stress standard, there is no way to ensure the adoption of heat stress prevention strategies to protect vulnerable workers.

04.01.24 | 7 min read
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Science Policy
day one project
Policy Memo
Improve Extreme Heat Monitoring by Launching Cross-Agency Temperature Network

It is imperative for local government officials and city planners to understand who is most vulnerable to the impacts of extreme heat and how temperatures vary throughout a city to develop effective heat mitigation and response strategies.

04.01.24 | 7 min read
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