A team of researchers from the University of West Georgia Geoscience’s Department was selected to spend the summer 2011 working with the Heat Island Reduction Program at the EPA in Washington, DC. This team consists of Dr. Shea Rose, Michael Edwards, a recent alumnus, and Chris Tripp, an undergraduate physical geography major.
They are working to identify and learn from community efforts to implement Urban Heat Island mitigation strategies. The community efforts include green roofs, cool roofs, cool pavements, pervious pavements, and increased vegetation. Through this program, they are also learning about how these strategies often bring important environmental cobenefits such as energy savings, improved air quality, greenhouse gas reductions, and lessened stormwater runoff.