Recent News & Events

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.

How Central Park cools the entire planet

Friday, September 16, 2011

Past work by Heat Island Group Postdoctoral Fellow George Ban-Weiss, describing how Central Park and other urban green spaces contribute to global cooling, has been featured on various platforms in recent weeks.

Roger Pielke, Sr. wrote this post


Scientists From Around the World Attend Berkeley Workshop on Cool Roof Research

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Researchers, government agencies, and roofing manufacturers from around the world gathered in Berkeley last month (July 28-29, 2011) to discuss the latest research on cool roofs. These solar reflective materials reduce energy use, and help cool the


Cool Roof members smile for a group photo

Cool Roofs Appear in Doonesbury; EETD Staff Corrects the Science

Thursday, August 11, 2011

If you read the Doonesbury comic strip on Sunday, August 7, you might have seen Michael Doonesbury and Bernie discussing cool white roofs. Cool roofs are an energy-efficient technology developed here in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of


Graphic graph showing the heat lost and gained by different land environments