Green Infrastructure Tool Kit. Broadly called “green infrastructure,” this new set of strategies seeks to manage stormwater, reduce urban heat island effects, improve air quality, and promote economic development and other sustainability goals. Green infrastructure provides an attractive alternative to traditional concrete (or “gray”) infrastructure by making paved and hard surfaces vegetated or permeable.

Green Infrastructure Tool Kit. Broadly called “green infrastructure,” this new set of strategies seeks to manage stormwater, reduce urban heat island effects, improve air quality, and promote economic development and other sustainability goals. Green infrastructure provides an attractive alternative to traditional concrete (or “gray”) infrastructure by making paved and hard surfaces vegetated or permeable.

Responding to the urban heat island: optimising the implementation of green infrastructure - Healthy Urban Habitat

Wilting from the heat? A group of researchers are looking at ways to "cool" Singapore, by reducing the urban heat island (UHI) effect.

Wilting from the heat? A group of researchers are looking at ways to "cool" Singapore, by reducing the urban heat island (UHI) effect.

A new study from North Carolina State University finds that common wild bee species decline as urban temperatures increase. “We looked at 15 of the most common bee species in southeastern cities and – through fieldwork and labwork – found that increasing temperatures in urban heat islands will...

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A response for lowering the urban heat island effect

A response for lowering the urban heat island effect

What if we could design cities to minimize the urban heat island effect?

What if we could design cities to minimize the urban heat island effect?

Researchers have documented a "park cool island" effect that partly offsets the "urban heat island" effect and could be a boon for urban wildlife. (2016-05-31)

Researchers have documented a "park cool island" effect that partly offsets the "urban heat island" effect and could be a boon for urban wildlife.

Humans have cut and burned forests for thousands of years. The delightfully moderate environments created by forests, the opposite of urban heat islands or the monotony of farms, are disappearing. …

Humans have cut and burned forests for thousands of years. The delightfully moderate environments created by forests, the opposite of urban heat islands or the monotony of farms, are disappearing. …

Urban heat island effect. Thermal (top) and vegetation (bottom) locations around…

Thermal (top) and vegetation (bottom) locations around New York City via infrared satellite imagery

This recently completed project was designed with LEED Gold accreditation in mind addressing issues such as storm water runoff and the urban heat island effect. See the full project below!

Beiqijia Technology Business District designed by Martha Schwartz Partners in Beijing, China

Positive effects of vegetation: Urban heat island and green roofs

Positive effects of vegetation: Urban heat island and green roofs

Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It? http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2012/05/instead-lamenting-urban-heat-island-effect-why-dont-we-harness-it/2090/

Instead of Lamenting the Urban Heat Island Effect, Why Don’t We Harness It?

Researchers are already at work turning toasty asphalt into energy cities can actually use.

Urban Forests = Cleaner, Cooler Air    Watch an animation that explains how to use urban forests to fight air pollution and the urban heat island effect. See how cities can add in millions of trees.

Urban Forests = Cleaner, Cooler Air by ASLA. Watch an animation that explains how to use urban forests to fight air pollution and the urban heat island effect. See how cities can add in millions of trees.

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