Justice40 - These NIHHIS Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns are now part of the Biden Administration’s Justice40 Initiative. Though these campaigns have always been run with environmental justice in mind, by participating in Justice40 we are now committed to the goal of delivering at least 40% of the benefits of these campaigns to disadvantaged communities. NIHHIS and CAPA Strategies will be tracking metrics associated with this, and we may require community partners to report on metrics as well.
Going Global - We’re opening up mapping to global cities. For the 2022 mapping season we plan to run 1-2 campaigns in cities outside of the United States. We are partnering with the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN) to reach communities in other other countries.
Enhanced Observations - We are always looking for ways to improve these mapping campaigns to provide the best experience and data for cities. Thanks to feedback from our many partners, we will now be piloting stationary sensors in some communities as well as observing new variables such as PM 2.5 and 10. Stationary sensors will enhance coverage of cities in space and time, providing more information for decision-making, and air quality sensors will provide information on a related environmental hazard that can be exacerbated by heat.
Heat Mapping Support from NOAA - NOAA and CAPA Strategies work together as part of a Public-Private Partnership to help cities understand how heat is distributed throughout communities, and to support subsequent decision making for the solutions to extreme heat. CAPA Strategies was chosen as the subcontractor by Harmonic International, which was competitively awarded a purchase agreement by NOAA. As such, we are using an application process to prioritize campaign communities, not a competition; we are accepting applications for interested organizations, not proposals. Community partners do not receive direct funding from NOAA in the form of a grant; CAPA strategies has been funded to perform a service on behalf of NOAA for the successful applicants. The principal organization (likely the application submitter) will still enter into a contractual relationship with CAPA Strategies for risk mitigation purposes, to ensure that borrowed mapping gear is properly cared for and returned. Staff time, remuneration of volunteers, and other expenses will not be covered through NOAA funds via this application. Please include in-kind and financial support to cover these expenses as matching funds in this application.