Week 1: Introduction to Excessive Heat and Urban Cooling __
The week will introduce the concept of rising urban temperatures as a key resiliency challenge for cities. It will explore the current macro-trends driving urban heat and the nature and causes of the urban heat island phenomenon. The week will also review heat’s wide-ranging negative effects on urban systems and populations.
Week 2: Technical Urban Cooling Solutions and Barriers to Implementation __
This week will introduce the concept of passive and active urban cooling and present a series of technical solutions to facilitate passive urban cooling. This week also explores the unique barriers to implementing technical passive urban cooling solutions that have slowed wide-scale adoption of these solutions in both the developed and developing world.
Week 3: Policies and Programs for Cooler Cities __
This week will focus on how cities can develop effective policies and programs to implement technical passive urban cooling solutions. This week articulates a framework to encourage an inclusive, multi-stakeholder policy development process that incorporates multiple technical urban cooling solutions and establishes measurable goals. This week highlights and categorizes existing urban cooling policies implemented by cities around the world. Finally, this week reviews how these policies and programs are financed, with recommendations for how cities can increase the availability of funding and financing to support urban cooling efforts.
Week 4: Summary Recommendations for Cities __
This week concludes the eLearning Course with general recommendations to develop and implement passive urban cooling solutions and policies, drawn from some of the common good practices adopted by cities from around the world. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to urban cooling, there are a few policies and strategies that appear in a number of effective urban cooling efforts undertaken by cities around the world that are summarized here.