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Heat Island Group scientist Ronnen Levinson quoted in Ensia article on cool roofs

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Millions of dollars and massive amounts of fossil fuels are spent cooling homes and buildings covered by conventional roofs that absorb sunlight, get as hot as 185 degrees and radiate that heat inside. Add to that the fact that sunlight-absorbing roofs

Submit your abstract for the 3rd International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands (IC2UHI) in Venice, Italy - deadline: January 31, 2014

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The online abstract submission is now OPEN for the 4th IC2UHI, to be held in Singapore 30 May - 1 June 2016. Please visit to submit your abstract.

Global Cool Cities Alliance's Shickman discusses cool roofs in Baltimore on NPR's "Midday" show

Thursday, October 31, 2013

According to the latest Abell Foundation report, cool roofs are becoming the hot new trend in sustainable architecture nationwide. Baltimore NPR affiliate, WYPR, looks at this trend as it’s occurring in Baltimore, and in other parts of the country with

Hotter Summers Mean More Health Risks In Urban Heat Islands

Monday, September 30, 2013

In Portland, studies show some parts of the city can get up to 9 degrees hotter than nearby rural areas. The heat alone poses health risks from dehydration – to the elderly, the homeless, poor people and people with heart disease and diabetes. But it

Heat Island Group's Ben Mandel talks cool pavements on Australia's "Beyond Zero" radio show

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Heat Island Group's Ben Mandel spoke with Australian radio show Beyond Zero, hosted by Matt Grantham and co-hosted by Chris Jensen (University of Melbourne), about the benefits of cool pavements and LBNL's work to promote cool schoolyards.

Valley air officials aim to cool down decades-old smog problem

Friday, August 16, 2013

It's time to talk seriously about using trees and other city-cooling ideas, such as reflective or cool roofs, to end the San Joaquin Valley's decades-long quest to achieve the federal one-hour ozone standard, say air-quality leaders.

Durability + Design webinar on cool pavements features Heat Island Group researchers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

One way to counteract the urban heat island effect and cool communities is to cool your pavements. What are cool pavements? How cool is cool? What are the other benefits of cool pavements? This webinar answers these questions and describes the choices

Green Parking Council webinar explores cool pavements for more sustainable parking lots

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Green Parking Council held a webinar on cool pavements as a sustainability measure for parking lots. The webinar featured a presentation on cool pavements by Heat Island Group researchers Haley Gilbert and Ben Mandel.

The Weather Channel interviews Heat Island Group researchers on cool pavements as a heat island mitigation strategy

Thursday, June 20, 2013

On Friday, June 21, Heat Island Group researchers George Ban-Weiss and Ben Mandel appeared on the Weather Channel to discuss Berkeley Lab's efforts to demonstrate the heat island mitigation and air quality benefits of cool pavements.

Register for the 2013 AIVC Joint Conference in Athens, Greece (25-26 September 2013)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The 34th AIVC Conference, titled "Energy conservation technologies for mitigation and adaptation in the built environment: the role of ventilation strategies and smart materials," will take place 25-26 September 2013 in Athens, Greece. This Joint