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Beat the Heat Toolkit

The Office of Sustainability worked with City departments and neighborhood groups in Hunting Park to create resources for building climate resilience. These documents provide all the tools needed to start your own Beat the Heat project.

There are ten steps to building a project to Beat the Heat.

  1. Background research
  2. Establish a heat team
  3. Hold stakeholder interviews
  4. Conduct a neighborhood survey
  5. Organize community events
  6. Appoint Beat the Heat ambassadors
  7. Create a Beat the Heat mobile station
  8. Hold a Beat the Heat design workshop
  9. Promote trees and neighborhood greening
  10. Build a heat relief network

Read the heat relief plan for the Hunting Park Community and use the tools below to build your own Beat the Heat project.

Background research

Documents and reports related to background research on climate management.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Practicing equity: Beat the Heat PDF How to take a community-driven approach to tackling heat. July 19, 2019
Growing Stronger - Toward a Climate-Ready Philadelphia PDF Identifies risks and impacts of climate change in Philadelphia and offers strategies to address these. May 4, 2016
Climate change in Philadelphia guided conversation PDF A sample slideshow presentation to lead a discussion about climate change. July 19, 2019
Hot by design neighborhood mapping exercise PDF A mapping activity designed to show us how our environments can impact our everyday lives. July 19, 2019
Asset-Based Community Development Presentation PDF A presentation on asset-based community development (ABCD). July 19, 2019

Establish a heat team

Information on how to create a team to deal with extreme heat.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Heat team sample work plan PDF July 19, 2019
List of City agencies and other potential partners PDF July 19, 2019

Hold stakeholder interviews

Interview questions for stakeholders.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Potential stakeholder interview questions PDF July 19, 2019

Conduct a neighborhood survey

Survey materials for a neighborhood climate survey.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Hunting Park heat survey (English) PDF July 19, 2019
Hunting Park heat survey (Spanish) PDF July 19, 2019
Sample outreach letter to Block Captains PDF July 19, 2019

Organize community events

Materials to help groups organize community events.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Sample Beat the Heat flyer PDF July 19, 2019
How to build a hand fan PDF July 19, 2019

Appoint Beat the Heat ambassadors

A training for ambassadors to help communities beat the heat.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Sample Heat Ambassadors training PDF July 19, 2019

Build a Beat the Heat mobile station

Instructions on making a mobile Beat the Heat station.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
How to make an activity station PDF July 19, 2019

Hold a Beat the Heat Design Workshop

A guide to facilitate a Heat Design Workshop.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Facilitation guide for a Heat Design Workshop PDF July 19, 2019

Build a heat relief network

Helpful presentation to grow your network for climate management.
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Asset-Based Community Development Presentation PDF A presentation on asset-based community development (ABCD). July 19, 2019

Complete Beat the Heat Toolkit

Read the summary Beat the Heat Toolkit
Title Description Category Author Date Format
Beat the Heat toolkit PDF July 23, 2019

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