Urban Cooling Strategies to Reduce the Risks of Extreme Heat

Urban Cooling Strategies to Reduce the Risks of Extreme Heat


Trees & Plantings

Can cool surfaces by as much as 45° F, and improve air and water quality.

Shade Structures

Provide shade at bus stops and in places where there isn’t space for trees.

Cool paving

Reflects sunlight instead of absorbing it, which can cool surfaces by as much as 20° F.

Walking, biking, taking transit

Reduces emissions from driving, improving air quality and reducing heat.