AB 585 (Rivas, Luz D)
Would establish the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program and would require the Office of Planning and Research to administer the program. Under the program, the bill would require the Office of Planning and Research to coordinate the state’s efforts to address extreme heat and to facilitate the implementation of local, regional, and state climate change planning into effective projects through the awarding of competitive grants to eligible entities for implementation of those projects. The bill would establish the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Fund in the State Treasury and would require the office, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to expend moneys in the fund for the implementation of the program.
In California, extreme heat events are now year-round. Temperatures are rising more steeply, and heatwaves are lasting longer. Extreme heat is climate change’s most life-threatening impact and it disproportionately affects communities of color and communities that have been historically marginalized. This bill would support communities to implement life-saving actions that may include expanding an area’s tree canopy, installing cool roofs and cool walls, building with cool pavement, and increasing the number of drinking fountains and shade structures.