Heat Island Effect
Welcome to EPA's Urban Heat Island Newsroom. The Newsroom provides current news and links to news releases related to urban heat island impacts, mitigation strategies, and community initiatives. To help keep you up to date, you may also wish to sign up for EPA's Urban Heat Island Newsletter. Older stories can be found in the Newsroom Archive.
- The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center Wins 2014 AIA Honor Award for Architecture (January 10, 2014) – The revamped Brooklyn Botanic Garden unveiled an undulating green roof that will capture and reuse over 200,000 gallons of rainwater each year.
- San Diego State University Adds Green Roof to Aztec Student Union (January 11, 2014) – A new San Diego State University student center is being outfitted with plant species that are well-suited to San Diego’s climate, as well as three large 50,000 gallon tanks that will capture and reuse stormwater runoff.
- Starting a “Treevolution”: Attendees, Officials Discuss Making Louisville More Sustainable (January 18, 2014) – Attendees at the Sustainability Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, are ready to start a “Treevolution,” and plan to move forward with sustainability initiatives such as green infrastructure and urban heat island reduction.
- Green Roof Project of the Week (January 21, 2014) – Indiana’s flagship Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio station installed one of Indianapolis’s largest green roofs. The green roof at WFYI is 6,000 square feet.
- i-Tree 2014 Mobile Software Now Available (January 22, 2014) –The U.S. Forest Service is making it easier than ever for homeowners and urban planners to discover the economic and ecological value of their trees with release of the updated free mobile software tool, iTree 2014.
- New Heat Island Group Research Compares Economics of White, Green, and Black Flat Roofs in the United States (January 21, 2014) – Looking strictly at the economic costs and benefits of three different roof types—black, white and green—Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have found in a new study that white roofs are the most cost-effective over a 50-year time span.
- Meet Modular Green Roofing (December 4, 2013) – Several companies are developing green roof modules designed for rapid installation on both remodeled and new buildings.
- New Report Shows How Green Infrastructure Investments Can Create Value for Commercial Property Owners and Tenants (December 17, 2013) – The Natural Resources Defense Council released a study finding that incorporating green infrastructure (e.g., green roofs, porous sidewalks, and rain gardens) on private property can provide a wide range of benefits to commercial property owners and their tenants.
- Los Angeles Becomes First Major U.S. City to Adopt Cool Roof Rule (December 19, 2013) – The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to require cool roofs for all new and refurbished homes, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. Los Angeles will expand its incentives for cool roofs to ensure that the mandate will not increase costs to homeowners.
- Saratoga Springs Planting Trees as Part of Urban Forestry Project (December 22, 2013) – The goal of this tree planting program is not only to beautify the City of Saratoga Springs, New York, but to reap the many benefits of urban trees, including the reduction of the urban heat island effect.
- New York – Property Tax: City Green Roof Tax Abatement Provisions Amended, Extended (December 23, 2013) – New York City has amended its property tax abatement incentive for green roofs. The amendment expands the definition of a green roof, slightly increases the value of the tax abatement, and extends the application deadline by five years, to March 15, 2018.
- The Javits Center's New Green Roof is Second Largest in the Country (November 9, 2013) – The five-block-long Javits Convention Center in New York City is undergoing a renovation, including installation of a green roof. The green roof will be the largest in the entire city and the second largest in the country.
- North America's Largest Green Roof: Thriving on its 10th Anniversyar (November 14, 2013) – It's been ten years since the start of construction of the green roof on the Ford Motor Company's River Rouge facility. The project is still the largest living roof in North America.
- Inside Washington, D.C.’s Urban Heat Island Effect (November 21, 2013) – The temperature variations between the District of Columbia and rural suburbs are often easily recognizable.
- How To Monitor Urban Weather...With Your Smartphone (November 25, 2013) – Researchers are tracking outdoor air temperatures in urban areas by measuring the battery temperatures of smartphones.
- Louisville Officials Secure Grant to Study Urban Heat Island Effect (October 9, 2013) – The City of Louisville, Kentucky secured $135,000 for a grant to create a plan to address the city’s urban heat island effect.
- Push Urged for More Cool Roofs in Baltimore (October 15, 2013) – Baltimore, Maryland has made cooling homes and businesses with reflective roofs part of its climate action plan. Additionally, the city received state funding to offer cool roof grants to low-income homeowners as part of a weatherization program.
- Turfgrass Tested in Shallow Green Roof Substrates (October 23, 2013) – A new study from researchers in Greece offers recommendations for the use of turfgrass in green roof environments.
- Portland State Will Build Green Roof Research Site on Walmart's New North Portland Store (October 23, 2013) – Portland State University (PSU) and Walmart will partner to research different aspects of green roof design, such as materials and soil depth. PSU will collect data from 40,000 square feet of vegetative roof that will be installed on Walmart’s new store.
- Waterloo Public Works, McKay Plan Urban Forestry Initiative (October 30, 2013) – The Waterloo Public Works Department and McKay Nursery in Wisconsin have teamed up to inventory every public tree in the city and find out what condition the tree is in and how old it is.