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D+D Education Series Webinar: Cool Pavements for Cool Communities

This webinar is archived and recorded from a live presentation on Thursday, August 1, 2013.
Cost: FREE

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It is now common to hear about record high temperatures across U.S. cities. Cities are especially susceptible to extreme heat owing to a phenomenon known as the "urban heat island effect." As this effect attracts increased attention and research, new ways are emerging to help cool sweltering cities, which will also save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One way to counteract the urban heat island effect and cool communities is to cool your pavements. What are cool pavements? How cool is cool? What are the other benefits of cool pavements? Learn the answers to these questions as well as the choices you have while paving your way to a cooler community.

The presentation will also feature updates on current cool pavement projects and new research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Benjamin Mandel, Research Assistant
Heat Island Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Benjamin Mandel is a Research Assistant with the Heat Island Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). In this role, he provides support on "Cool Communities" project efforts including technical seminars and stakeholder meetings relating to the adoption of cool pavements and surfaces by California cities and schools. Mr. Mandel also provides research assistance to former California Energy Commissioner and LBNL Distinguished Scientist Emeritus Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld, in work including enhanced resilience to extreme heat events in U.S. cities and the use of cool roofs to improve indoor thermal comfort in India. Prior to joining LBNL, Mr. Mandel worked as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Haley Gilbert, Principal Research Associate
Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Haley Gilbert, is a Principal Research Associate with the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ms. Gilbert is leading the "Cool Communities" project to provide and develop technical assistance and resources on the use of cool roofs and cool pavements in California. In addition Ms. Gilbert is the liaison between the group's research staff and industrial partners, local government collaborators and other stakeholder organizations. Prior to joining LBNL, she worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency coordinating green building and sustainability projects in New York and New Jersey. Haley is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - Accredited Professional) and holds a Master’s degree with a focus on environmental design from Yale University.

Kurt Shickman, Executive Director
Global Cool Cities Alliance

Kurt is the Executive Director of the Global Cool Cities Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the deployment of cool roofs and pavements to improve building energy efficiency, urban quality of life, and to combat the effects of climate change. Before joining GCCA, Kurt was the Director of Research for the Energy Future Coalition and the United Nations Foundation's Energy and Climate Team.

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