Recent News & Events

Heat Island Group intalls Cool Pavement Showcase in Bevatron parking lot

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Heat Island Group, in partnership with the Facilities Division, has launched an exhibit of “cool” pavement technologies in the newly-opened Bevatron parking lot, unveiling four solar-reflective coatings donated by Emerald Cities Cool Pavement. This


Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld featured in AFP report on cool roofs

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Global news agency AFP interviewed Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld, Scientist Emeritus with the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in video report titled "White roofs, cool city." The report highlighted California's leadership in cool


Berkeley Lab chosen to lead U.S.-India Clean Energy Research Center

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has been selected to lead a new joint U.S.-India research center focusing on energy efficiency technologies for buildings. It is one of three consortia that will make up the U.S.-India Joint Clean


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.