What are the benefits?
Urban cooling design solutions lead to health, environmental, and economic benefits for people and the community as a whole. Urban cooling benefits reduces the risk of heat-related illness for people who spend time walking, biking, socializing, and waiting for transit outside. Business owners, renters, and homeowners save on air conditioning costs.
Urban cooling creates more pleasant public spaces, which encourages more people to walk, bike, and take transit for everyday trips, reducing air pollution associated with driving cars.
When people feel safe and comfortable moving through the community without a car, they become less dependent on cars and can re-direct money from car ownership and vehicle maintenance to other goods and services, promoting economic vitality. When fewer people drive, everyone benefits from better air quality and quieter streets, and communities can re-focus resources on other improvements, such as streetscape enhancements.