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Getting government agencies to adopt cool pavements

Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Heat Island Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is working to cool buildings, cities — and, ultimately, the planet — by developing ways to make pavements and roofs cooler in the sun. Ben Mandel, a graduate student and member of the group, says they've been testing a variety of cool pavement coatings at parking lots at the lab and at the University of California, Davis.

Mandel:         We intend it more as a demonstration site to basically promote awareness of cool pavement technologies that are on the market.

Narrator:       The lab has also hosted workshops for local government officials to better understand the benefits of reflective pavement surfaces.

Mandel:         This helped educate them in a fairly technical way about the benefits that could come from their implementation of cooler surfaces in their cities and communities, such as decreased air temperature, improved air quality, improved pavement durability, even, and improved public health. So, these are things that resonated pretty well and we're hopeful that this can get the ball rolling on some local government action for cool pavement.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.