Mitigate the risks of heat
The effects of urban heat are well known. Extreme summer heat kills, on average, over 100 New Yorkers annually from heat stroke and the heat-related exacerbation of chronic health problems. Hundreds more need hospital care for serious heat- related illness. The risk of death from extreme heat is highest among those without air conditioning, in neighborhoods with higher poverty rates, and where there is less land covered by trees and other vegetation. By greening neighborhoods and increasing access to air conditioning, we aim to reduce heat-related illnesses and deaths, and reduce disparities in vulnerability to climate change.
In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the City is developing strategies to evaluate the best available science on the urban heat island effect in order to invest in better data collection and develop effective capital investment and operational strategies to adapt our city to the increasing impacts of urban heat. First, the City will identify urban heat mitigation and adaptation strategies to bene t the city’s most heat-vulnerable communities by coordinating through a new Urban Heat Island Working Group that has already begun to meet.