Did you know your roof is adding extra heat to your house in the summer? Our buildings are key contributors to the urban heat island effect, as roofs absorb heat and slowly radiate it out back into the environment – as well as warming up the indoors. Cool roofs and shade trees can help to cool our environment, while also delivering benefits such as up to a 20% savings on A/C costs, improved air quality, carbon sequestration, and a more beautiful community.
This webinar, the third in the ‘Cooling the Capital Region’ series, will introduce how improvements in our built environment across the Capital Region can help to substantially cool the Capital Region. Dr. Haider Taha will discuss his modeling results demonstrating the substantial cooling benefits of high-albedo roofs and tree canopy increases, and how they can support and enhance each other as complimentary cooling measures. Dr. Taha will also discuss how smart growth, solar PV, and other built environment improvements can help to cool the urban environment. Kathleen Ave from SMUD will share SMUD’s many efforts to support a more sustainable urban environment - from its home electrification to cool roof initiatives. Torin Dunnavant will address how urban heat reduction and climate action are core priorities of the Tree Foundation’s work, and how you can make a difference.
Desired outcome for participants: Understand opportunities and strategies for the built environment to help to reduce the urban heat island effect and build resilience, with co-benefits such as improved air quality, public health, and a more beautiful community. Understand how strategies such as urban forestry, cool roofs and solar can cool down the Capital Region.