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F10 - The Science, Technologies, and Strategies for Cooler Cities

Thursday, October 6 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM | 515A

Abstract Text:

Urban areas are heating up at twice the rate of global climate change, and cities in all climate zones are struggling with how to handle rising temperatures.  Heat, and the more frequent occurrence of heat emergencies, has a significantly negative impact across almost every aspect of urban life including energy use, electric grid reliability, health, social equity, environment, and quality of life.  The good news is that there are proven strategies and technologies to combat urban heat while saving money, boosting economies, and building healthier, happier, more equitable communities.  This panel will present the science, technologies, and successful implementation strategies for two approaches to addressing rising urban temperatures -- increasing urban solar reflectivity and vegetative cover.  The panel will cover the basic science behind what causes and what curtails the urban heat island.  We will identify the variety of reflective and vegetated roofing and paving materials available on the market today.  We will learn from the experience of officials in Los Angeles, a global leader on combating urban heat. Finally, we will help participants to connect with the diverse community of urban heat experts, policymakers, and practitioners to better support their efforts to reduce city temperatures at home. 

Learning Objectives:

Understand the causes of excess urban heat and its impact on the life, health, and economy of cities.

Identify technologies, materials, and strategies that can help buildings and outdoor areas become cooler, including increased vegetation and more solar reflective surfaces.

Replicate successful policies and programs to reduce excess urban heat and to build urban heat resiliency.

Connect with urban heat experts and practitioners to support your efforts to be a urban heat resiliency champion.

Learning Level:

Level 200 – Understanding/Comprehension


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Education Tracks: Energy Efficiency

Event Type: Core Program > Session


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