Recent News & Events

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

White roofs star in "Doonesbury" on August 7, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Click here to read the "Doonesbury" comic that is all about white roofs.

International Workshop on Advances in Cool Roof Research

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The International Workshop on Advances in Cool Roof Research is a two day workshop that is focused on the specific protocols, standards, & policies for accelerated aging.



International Workshop of Cool Roof Research July 28-29 in Berkeley

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What: International Workshop on Advances in Cool Roof Research: Protocols, Standards & Policies for Accelerated Aging

When: Thursday, July 28 - Friday, July 29

Where: Doubletree Hotel at Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, California


Cool Roof International Workshop logo

New Heat Island Group study investigates regional variations in cool roof efficacy

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Heat Island Group researchers Dev Millstein and Surabi Menon publish a paper on the increasing prominence of cool roofs and photovoltaic arrays, as well as their effects on regional climate. Read the full article here.

Berkeley Lab and Oak Ridge to Develop Next-Generation Cool Roofing Materials

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Washington, DC — The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have joined with Dow Chemical Company as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement


Aieral photo of lab

Cool-Colored Roof Materials Display Present at San Jose Green Vision Unveiling

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cool-colored roofing materials, developed by researchers at the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, are showcased at a new outdoor display of green technologies just opened in the city of San José just across the street from City Hall.


Berkeley Lab staff members Haley Gilbert, Doug Davenport, and Vipin Gupta