Recent News & Events

New infographic from UC Research illustrates urban heat island effect

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The University of California Office of Research has released an infographic to highlight the phenomenon known as the urban heat island effect. In three illustrated panels, the graphic shows what characterizes and causes urban heat islands, drawing from


Coolest Notions Pay Off

Friday, February 8, 2013

When it comes to high-tech possibilities for counteracting climate change, the headlines tend to focus on the seemingly sci-fi stuff: brightening clouds, pumping particles into the stratosphere and launching giant mirrors into space.

But there


China National Building Waterproofing Association visits Berkeley Lab for cool roof workshop

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Last week, 30 members of the China National Building Waterproof Association, which represents Chinese roofing manufacturers, and Chinese government officials came to Berkeley Lab for a daylong workshop on cool roofs. Their visit took place as part of


HIG Scientist Art Rosenfeld awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

On February 1, 2013, President Obama presented the 2011 National Medals of Technology and Innovation. Among the recipients was Arthur Rosenfeld, Distinguished Scientist Emeritus in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Berkeley Lab, who was


The Heat Island Group puts research into action with Cool Pavement Showcase

Saturday, January 26, 2013

HIG Research Assistant Ben Mandel discusses Berkeley Lab's cool pavement efforts, including Berkeley Lab's very own Cool Pavement Showcase:

On sweltering days you can fry an egg on them. But, now, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and UC Davis researchers


Heat Island Group researchers contribute to passage of California's AB 296 for cool pavements

Sunday, October 14, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 296, which calls upon the California Department of Transportation to develop a standard specification for sustainable or cool pavements that can be used to mitigate urban heat islands. Cool


Heat Island Group shares cool science with public at LBNL Open House

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, Berkeley Lab welcomed more than 7000 visitors to explore the science and research conducted each day at LBNL. The Heat Island Group had the chance to interact with the general public, informing them about the basics of "cool


Berkeley Lab researchers showcase cool pavement technologies

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On those sweltering summer days—when it's too hot to play at the playground, when it seems like you could fry an egg on the pavement, when your car feels like an oven after a couple hours parked at the mall—it's not just the beating sun that's driving


Heat Island Group helps bring cool science to sixth graders through "Cool Your School" program

Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Cool Your School" is a series of 6th-grade, classroom-based, science activities rooted in Berkeley Lab's cool surface and cool materials research and aligned with California content standards for science education. The activities are designed to build


Heat Island Group hosts technical seminar on reflective pavements

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laborartory, in partnership with Graniterock, hosted a free seminar titled "The Benefits of Reflective Pavements" at LBNL on Tuesday June 19, 2012. The event featured presentations by leading experts