Cities Tackling Urban Heat Equity With Cool Roofs and Surfaces

Urban structures including buildings, roads, and other infrastructure absorb and re-emit the sun’s heat — contributing to “islands” of high temperatures in cities and towns of all sizes. Moreover, heat islands impact some people more than others, leading some local governments to apply environmental justice principles to mitigate the impacts of heat.

Take a break from the heat of summer with us to learn how local governments are addressing heat equity through the use of reflective building surfaces. You’ll hear how the City of Chula Vista is using codes to address heat, discover how the U.S. EPA’s Heat Island Reduction Program can benefit your community, complete with specific cool roof solutions available to mitigate the heat island effect, and about the role of product ratings in resilience planning and codes and programs compliance and enforcement.

Victoria Ludwig, National Program Manager – Heat Island Reduction Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sarah Schneider, Deputy Director, Cool Roof Rating Council
Cory Downs, Conservation Specialist, City of Chula Vista, CA
Kale Roberts, Senior Program Officer (Resilience Pathway co-lead), ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA