Cool roofs and pavements can help cool down buildings and cities. Replacing roofs and pavements with more reflective materials could reverse the urban heat island effect. Cool, reflective roofs and pavements are readily available, typically pay back within one year when the roof is ready to be replaced, and help cities both mitigate and adapt to climate change while making them more desirable and comfortable places to live.
There are straightforward policies and programs with proven track records that leaders may adopt to make their regions cooler. Foundational Activities describe the basic requirements to launching successful cool roof and pavement programs. Implementation Activities describe policies and programs that have been fieldtested around the world and shown to be effective at deploying cool surfaces.
The Cool Roofs and Cool Pavements toolkit provides over 500 resources including documents, videos and links.