Vol. 2 No. 8 August 26, 1999
Baton Rouge to participate in GIS day; Air quality
modeling reports for three pilot cities available
Call participants develop a rooftop garden for the Alexandra plans to work with the
City Hall building. Lisa Gartland Department of General Services to
Maury Estes, NASA (PositivEnergy) noted that rooftop rework the ordinances and consider
(email@example.com) gardens tend to be expensive. different reflective materials.
Virginia said that the energy Alexandra will focus more on
Lisa Gartland, Sacramento, CA
savings of rooftop gardens may be parking lots and pavement in the
comparable to reflective roofs, but coming months. Virginia
Gary Gero, Los Angeles, CA
more information is needed. suggested that Lisa contact
Additional rooftop garden benefits Alexandra since Sacramento is
Virginia Gorsevski, EPA
include insulation, storm water also working on parking lots.
runoff retention, and aesthetics. Alexandra hopes the Lawrence
Fran Stewart, Baton Rouge, LA
Virginia noted that information from Berkeley National Laboratory
the Chicago project should provide (LBNL) can measure the
Madelyn Carpenter, ICF
a good cost-benefit comparison. reflectance and before and after
surface temperatures of various
It was noted that many buildings in materials. Lisa said that she could
Urban Heat Island Germany, San Francisco (the GAP suggest appropriate
Pilot Project/Cool building), Salt Lake City, and instrumentation.
Sacramento have rooftop gardens.
Community updates Sacramento
Rewriting city ordinances to require
Chicago reflective roofs Proposal for cool roofing residential
Rooftop gardens Chicago hopes to rewrite city
ordinances to require reflective Sacramento recently submitted a
Virginia Gorsevski (EPA) invited roofs. Currently, these ordinances proposal to the California Energy
Dr. Alexandra Holt (Chicago contain some information on gravel Commission for developing cool
Department of Environmental roofs. (Lisa clarified that aggregate roofing asphalt shingles for sloped
Health, Deputy Commissioner for gravel roofs provide protection from residential roofs. This proposal
the City of Chicago) to participate movement and sunlight. Generally, was part of a larger proposal
in the conference call. Alexandra the color of the rocks used in the prepared by the Davis Energy
could not participate, but she sent gravel roof is not specified in the Group, a consulting firm in
Virginia information on Chicago's ordinance.) California. Lisa noted that the
current heat island reduction asphalt shingle market comprises
activities, including plans to
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over 50% of the U.S. shingle Fran Stewart (LA Department of downtown Baton Rouge area.
market. Environmental Quality, or DEQ) Maury Estes (NASA) noted that
recently attended the ESRI/GIS Jerry is the head of Public Works
Sacramento's proposal involves conference in San Diego. ESRI for East Baton Rouge. Jerry is
using white shingles and shingles promoted GIS day which will be interested in using more reflective
of four other colors which are held on November 19, 1999, during roofing on public buildings.
40-50% more reflective than Geography Awareness week,
asphalt. The other colors would be which is sponsored by the National Los Angeles
produced by mixing in titanium Geographic Society and the
dioxide to make lighter color American Association of Air quality modeling
granules. Lisa plans to work with Geographers. ESRI's goal is to
granule manufacturers from 3M or have one million users around the Los Angeles will hold a kick-off
ISP Minerals and with companies world working on GIS that day. meeting in September with key
that produce the shingles. It will Currently, about 500,000 users are members from the South Coast Air
be challenging to get the funds, but signed up for the event. Quality Management District
once Sacramento does find the (SCAQMD) and the California Air
money, Lisa hopes to persuade Fran sees this day as an Resources Board (CARB).
the roofing industry to use the cool opportunity to feature Baton Attendees will discuss methods
roofing shingles. Rouge's Urban Heat Island project. appropriate for conducting tests to
Baton Rouge has a committee that assist the modeling effort.
Subcommittees will support GIS day and will
feature Baton Rouge's project. The Gary has been working with Haider
Four of the five Steering committee is working on planning Taha (LBNL) and Environ, a
subcommittees in Sacramento are GIS day events involving Louisiana consulting firm in California.
now meeting and are actively State University, Southern Environ is conducting a literature
working on projects. University, the DEQ, the review of all air quality modeling
Department of Natural Resources, and heat island publications. Gary
and the city government. asked the city coordinators to send
Visit the Sacramento Cool him publication titles. Fran said
Communities web site at Fran noted that ESRI is doing a she would e-mail a list of
www.energy.ca.gov. Lisa great job of instructing Baton publications to Gary and the city
hopes to soon post a listing of Rouge on how to host a successful coordinators.
products and roofing suppliers. GIS day. ESRI provided Baton
Rouge with a CD-ROM including Gary noted that activities for the
logo information, posters, signs, next six to eight months will involve
Parking lot conference and a web page template. the literature review and modeling.
Next summer, Los Angeles will
Lisa is working to find funding for a conduct field work of before and
parking lot conference. She is after cases to validate model
Fran urged the city
writing to the EPA Challenge grant results.
coordinators to visit
program, and the National Tree
www.gisday.com to sign up for
Trust which has grant proposals Gary said that Environ has
GIS day on November 19,
due October 1, 1999. Lisa conducted a peer review of Haider's
suggested the city coordinators Los Angeles study. Haider has
look into the National Tree Trust been using the Urban Airshed
grants. Model 4 (or UAMIV) and CSUMM,
Reflective roofing and might upgrade to the UAMV
Baton Rouge and MMV models. Virginia noted
Virginia mentioned that Jeff Luvall that there are always benefits and
GIS day – November 19, 1999 (NASA) had talked to Jerry Clear, a disadvantages associated with
city engineer in Baton Rouge, each type of modeling. Gary said
regarding roofing projects in the that the SCAQMD is using UAMIV,
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UAMAERO (for aerosols and "Kool Kids" teacher training information to Virginia to send to
particulate work), UMLC (a linear the city coordinators.
chemistry model), and MMIV (for
meteorology). The SCAQMD has Salt Lake City is busily NASA proposals
not yet decided if it will update its preparing for the "Cool
models next year. Concepts for Cities & Towns" NASA will submit a proposal for
conference scheduled for work with Region IV. NASA is also
Proposals October 8, 1999, in Snowbird, working to continue heat island
Utah. This conference will work in Atlanta and possibly
Los Angeles is developing a joint bring together Utah planners, Houston.
proposal with Environ. Another engineers, architects,
joint proposal with LBNL submitted policymakers, and interested GreenShade
to DOE is for funding assistance citizens to discuss the local
for the next fiscal year, which heat island phenomenon. Maury asked if anyone had
begins October 1, 1999. Camille will send the city experimented with GreenShade.
coordinators conference (A materials packet sent out by
California Air Resources Board information and an invitation. ICF to city coordinators included a
GreenShade application narrative
Lisa noted that suggestions for by Christopher Steele, Austin, TX.)
next year's research at the Camille said the "Kool Kids" GreenShade makes use of fast
California Air Resources Board are teacher training went remarkably growing vines on a trellis to shade
due September 3, 1999. Lisa well. Four lesson plans focused on and cool parking lots, cars,
urged Gary to put together a the air quality and energy buildings, and people.
synopsis of Los Angeles' work to ramifications of urban heat islands.
submit to the California Air Salt Lake City is currently Houston
Resources Board. Sacramento preparing teacher materials and
plans to provide input to the Board. educational activities to be Tina Davies (HARC Center for
implemented in classrooms in Global Studies) was not able to
Salt Lake City September. Camille is happy to participate in the conference call,
share the lesson plans and "kool but she e-mailed Virginia an update
Camille Russell (Utah Office of boxes" with Fran, who is on the Rice Model Lab ozone
Energy Services) was not able to implementing a similar program in survey.
participate in the conference call, Baton Rouge.
but she e-mailed the coordinators Rice Model Lab ozone survey
an update on Salt Lake City's Atlanta
activities. A city- and county-wide ozone
Sustainable Development survey conducted by the Rice
Cool Spaces 2002 project Challenge workshop Model Lab is scheduled for
September 9, 1999, from 1:00 to
The Memorandum of Agreement is Maury and Lucie Griggs (American 2:00 p.m. (The rain date is
almost complete for the Cool Forests) attended EPA's September 10.) Students and as
Spaces 2002 project, an official Sustainable Development many as two to three hundred
Olympic project which will plant Challenge workshop in Atlanta on teachers trained to use the Clean
trees in "hot spots," using thermal August 23, 1999. The workshop Air Challenge will participate in the
data to determine priority areas. indicated that there are more funds survey.
TreeUtah has hired a full-time available from the Department of
coordinator, Ruth Steed, to Transportation (DOT) than through Students will set an ecostrip in a
coordinate activities among the the EPA Challenge Grant program. sunny location on school grounds
local and national signatories, and The DOT funds might be applicable for an hour before reading the
to handle tree planting events. to implementing Cool Communities results. During the same hour,
strategies with transportation students will also set on
projects. Maury will send the grant thermometer in the same sunny
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location and another thermometer liked the conference to spend more commented that concrete is lighter
in a shady location. time on heat islands, including in color and better than asphalt.
current local government activities. Lucie was also quoted on the
Houston hopes that the survey will Lisa will send the draft conference segment. Virginia later received
encourage students to think about agenda to Virginia to fax to the city two calls from pavement
urban heat island issues. coordinators. companies in Lexington, MA and
Preliminary contacts with the Chattanooga, TN who asked how
media have been positive, and EPA has given ICLEI a grant to they can get involved. Virginia
station KUHF will do a sound byte. identify mechanisms, such as mentioned the pilot projects and
City coordinators who have codes and ordinances, that would said that these companies can do
suggestions or who can assist in encourage widespread a demonstration project, submit
preparing or carrying out the survey implementation of heat island materials, or do a cost-benefit
should contact Linda Knight (Rice reduction strategies. EPA hopes analysis or life-cycle costs. Lisa is
Model Lab) at 713-524-9686. that ICLEI will research existing interested in receiving materials to
codes that promote heat island test from these companies.
Conferences and meetings reduction strategies, and then
develop model language for cities Virginia also talked to Mark
ICLEI's Cities for Climate to use in planning for the Rothenberg (Bay Area Air Quality
Protection Campaign implementation of these measures. Management District) who is
interested in green roofs. Virginia
The International Council for Local Urban forestry conference in gave Mark the contact information
Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is Seattle for Lisa and Gary. Virginia has
holding the Cities for Climate also talked with various concrete
Protection Campaign conference in Camille and Meryl Redisch companies and Chris Brimmel at
Los Angeles on October 7-10, (TreeUtah) will attend the urban Mesa Construction, a roof product
1999. The focus of the conference forestry conference in Seattle the manufacturer and an ENERGY STAR
is on green power generation and week of August 30. They hope to partner.
heat island mitigation strategies. see other city coordinators at the
Alexandra will speak on "What is conference.
the Urban Heat Island Effect?" Haider's modeling reports for
Lisa will also speak on the "Heat Meeting for modeling methodology Salt Lake City, Baton Rouge,
Mitigation Strategies for Local and Sacramento should be
Governments" panel on Saturday, EPA plans to hold a meeting in the available in September 1999.
October 9, 1999. fall or spring for LBNL to present its Virginia hopes that the
modeling results from Salt Lake coordinators can discuss the
ICLEI also hopes that Camille and City, Baton Rouge, Sacramento, results at the next
possibly Lilian Kawasaki from Los and Los Angeles. ICF's SAI in San conference call on
Angeles will speak on the panel. Francisco is also doing broader September 30, 1999.
Lisa suggested that other city scale regional modeling in the
coordinators call ICLEI if they eastern U.S. using OTAG data.
would like to speak at or attend the Meeting attendees would discuss
conference. An hour-long training air quality modeling methodologies. Next steps
session will follow Alexandra's Virginia noted that EPA will make
speech and the hour and a half more progress on preparing the C Fran will e-mail a list of air
panel. meeting once it receives the results quality modeling and heat island
from the pilot cities. publications to the city
Gary said that ICLEI has developed coordinators.
software for cities in the Climate ABC television segment
Protection Campaign. Attendees C Lisa will send the draft Cities for
can receive training on how to use A television segment on urban heat Climate Protection Campaign
this software at the conference. A islands aired on ABC on August conference agenda to Virginia
few city coordinators would have 23, 1999. On the segment, Jeff
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for distribution to the city
C Maury will send the EPA
Challenge Grant program
information to Virginia for
distribution to the city
Next conference call
The date and time of
the next EPA/Pilot City
conference call is
scheduled for Thursday,
September 30, 1999,
from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.