CABA Information Series
(IS-2014-160) Cool Policies for Cool Cities
This report, provided by the American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy, provides a background on how 26 cities in North America are implementing practices and policies to address the “urban heat island” effect, which can amount to temperature difference of 15 – 20’F. Heat waves and natural disasters are motivating cities to implement heat-mitigation strategies through both voluntary and mandatory practices. Cities are setting UHI-related goals and several of these programs are discussed. References to each municipal program, including costs and benefits, are provided. Two case examples are provided along with a number of recommendations including the establishment of strategies and goals, policy implementation, motivating engagement, and the role of government.