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Vol. 2 No. 8 August 26, 1999 HIRI NEWS Baton Rouge to participate in GIS day; Air quality modeling reports for three pilot cities available next month 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) comparable to reflective roofs, but coming months. Virginia Gary Gero, Los Angeles, CA more information is needed. suggested that Lisa contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) Additional rooftop garden benefits Alexandra since Sacramento is Virginia Gorsevski, EPA include insulation, storm water also working on parking lots. (email@example.com) runoff retention, and aesthetics. Alexandra hopes the Lawrence Fran Stewart, Baton Rouge, LA Virginia noted that information from Berkeley National Laboratory (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Chicago project should provide (LBNL) can measure the Madelyn Carpenter, ICF a good cost-benefit comparison. reflectance and before and after (email@example.com) 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 shingles 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 2 HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION INITIATIVE (HIRI) NEWS August 26, 1999 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 1999. 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, 3 HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION INITIATIVE (HIRI) NEWS August 26, 1999 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 4 HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION INITIATIVE (HIRI) NEWS August 26, 1999 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 5 HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION INITIATIVE (HIRI) NEWS August 26, 1999 for distribution to the city coordinators. C Maury will send the EPA Challenge Grant program information to Virginia for distribution to the city coordinators. 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. EDT.