The network of roads, highways, and pavements that support our transportation system is a key contributor to the heat island effect. The transportation sector is, in turn, affected by extreme heat, which will deteriorate pavements, increase maintenance costs, and damage rails. Extreme heat will also threaten the health of people who rely on walking, biking, and public transit – disproportionately burdening low-income communities and communities of color – as well as construction and utilities workers. However, there are solutions to improve the resilience of the transportation sector and reduce its contributions to the urban heat island effect. Cool pavements can help to cool the environment and protect public health, while EVs can also help to reduce urban heat, as they emit 80% less waste heat than conventional, internal-combustion engine vehicles.
Following our first webinar of the ‘Cooling the Capital Region’ series, this webinar will focus on how cool pavements can reduce the urban heat island effect. Dr. Haider Taha will present his modeled research on how cool pavements and vehicle electrification can provide effective cooling for the Capital Region, with a special look at Sacramento’s low-income and under-served communities. Speakers will share examples of transportation-sector solutions, such as cool pavements, bus shelter shading, and more. Jonathan Parfrey, the Executive Director of Climate Resolve, will discuss Los Angeles’s ambitious heat island reduction efforts, including a pilot project testing cool pavements on residential streets. Carrie Whitlock, Strategic Planning & Innovation Program Manager of Elk Grove, will also share examples.
Desired outcome for participants: Understand opportunities and strategies to reduce the urban heat island effect and build climate resilience in the transportation sector. Understand modeling results and takeaways for the Capital Region by learning about case studies and examples from other regions.