Recent News & Events

Ronnen Levinson discusses the new interactive rooftop reflectance map with Southern California Public Radio listeners

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ronnen Levinson, Heat Island Group leader and staff scientist, was recently interviewed by Southern California Public Radio to discuss the new interactive rooftop reflectance map for California cities. 

You can view the article and listen to the


Top 35 Global Innovator: George Ban-Weiss taps his creativity to distinguish himself academically and musically.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whether playing fusion, bebop or modern jazz, bassist George Ban-Weiss loses himself in the passion, creativity and freedom of music, finding transcendence in his art.

His willingness to push boundaries has made him a much in-demand musician.


The Heat Island Group developed a new web portal for local governments to learn more about Cool Communities on

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Heat Island Group, with support from the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board, developed a new web portal for local governments to learn more about the science and implementation of cool community strategies in California


HIG researchers uncover potential for cool roofs in Chinese cities

Thursday, August 21, 2014

After three years of collaborative investigation, Ronnen Levinson and Jing Ge of LBNL's Heat Island Group co-authored a paper with Chinese researchers titled, "Cool roofs in China: Policy review, building simulations, and proof-of-concept experiments


Cool roofs offer a salve for hot cities — and the climate, too

Sunday, June 29, 2014

From his office in the Berkeley hills, Art Rosenfeld looks out on the heart of California's Bay Area. The 87-year-old scientist keeps a pencil and a small notebook in his breast pocket, ready to jot down a quick note or make a calculation. With these


Are cool roofs green? The answer's not black and white

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cool roofs—those with reflectance and emissivity that make them good at keeping out the sun’s heat—are recommended widely without much regard for climate or project specifics. They’ve been adopted into multiple energy codes, including ASHRAE 90.1, the


EPA's webinar: Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EPA's Heat Island Reduction Program invites you to join our webcast on June 26, 2014 ; please see the details below.

Keeping Your Cool: How Communities Across the Country are Reducing the Heat Island Effect

The term "heat island" refers


Heat Island Group researcher Rosado takes 2nd place in Big Ideas@Berkeley competition

Monday, May 12, 2014

BERKELEY — Every year, thousands of students come to Berkeley with vague ambitions to change the world. The annual Big Ideas@Berkeley competition is inspiring some of them to do just that — by launching globally life-changing innovations even before


Early bird registration now open for the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC)

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) has opened early bird registration for the International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC). The IRCC will take place at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland on July 14-17, 2014.


Heat Island Group's Mandel responds to EPDM Roofing Association's critical analysis of research

Sunday, April 6, 2014

In light of recent criticism of a study authored by several Heat Island Group researchers by the EPDM Roofing Association, the Heat Island Group's Benjamin Mandel (a coauthor of the study) has submitted a response to Today's Facility Manager. See below