Recent News & Events

GCCA unveils its new Cool Roofs and Pavements Toolkit

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) has launched a Cool Roofs and Pavements Toolkit to help cities, regions, organizations, and building owners develop and deploy successful cool surface initiatives. The Toolkit is an on-line resource that GCCA will


Cool Roofs and Global Cooling: A Response to Jacobsen and Ten Hoeve (2011)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A recent Journal of Climate paper by Stanford's Mark Jacobson and John Ten Hoeve (2011) on urban heat islands and cool roofs is a useful contribution to the literature. However, their results regarding white roofs are preliminary and uncertain. Along


Screen shot of the Heat Island Group web site

702 ABC Sydney radio interviews Ronnen Levinson about Heat Island Group's cool cars study

Saturday, November 5, 2011

702 ABC Sydney Mornings Presenter Deborah Cameron interviews Ronnen Levinson about the Heat Island Group's cool cars study. This live radio program aired in Sydney, Australia on Monday, 7 November 2011 at 9:47 am.

Listen to the 12 minute segment


Heat Island Group's cool cars study reported in Israeli energy newsletter

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Alex Doron, former science & technology editor of the Israeli daily newspaper Maariv, writes about the Heat Island Group's cool cars study for the Israeli energy newsletter Read the original Hebrew article here, or a Google


Cool roofs and global cooling: the Heat Island Group responds to Jacobson & Ten Hoeve (2011)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Berkeley Lab Heat Island Group addresses the role of cool roofs in cooling our planet, saving energy, and reducing carbon emissions in this response to a recent study by Stanford researchers Mark Jacobson and John Ten Hoeve. Read the academic (

More... Solar Reflective Paints Can Make Your Car Cooler, Cleaner

Thursday, October 20, 2011 features the Heat Island Group's Cool Cars project, noting the benefits of solar reflective car coatings.

See the full post here.

Cool Colors for Cars Could Improve Fuel Economy, Reduce Emissions

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nearly all cars sold in California have air conditioners. Cars painted with reflective coatings stay cooler in the sun and are easier to air condition to a comfortable temperature, according to a recent study by researchers in Berkeley Lab's


Two vehicles -- one black one silver, parked on the pavement and in the sun.

Daily Californian discusses global cooling benefits of reflective roofs

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Daily Californian documents ongoing work on the global cooling benefits of reflective roofs being conducted by Heat Island Group scientists Surabi Menon, Marc Fischer, and Francisco Salamanca.

Read the full article here.

Berkeley Lab project in India to measure impact of pollution on cool roofs

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

LBNL researchers Surabi Menon and Marc Fischer lead a DOE-sponsored project to explore the effects of pollution on cool roof benefits in India.

See the full Berkeley Lab feature here.

Cool colors for cars could improve fuel economy, reduce emissions

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Berkeley Lab features a Heat Island Group study on the potential benefits of cool-colored car shells.

View the feature here.