ARB Research Seminar

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Cool Pavements for Cool Communities

Haley Gilbert and Melvin Pomerantz, Ph.D., Heat Island Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Paulette Salisbury, California Nevada Cement Association

November 09, 2010
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA



Record temperatures soared along the East Coast and summer heated up California's cities.

We all know that to escape the heat, you should escape the city. The phenomenon known as the "urban heat island" effect is getting increased attention nationwide and cities are finding new ways to help cool sweltering cities, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

One way to cool communities. cool your pavements. What are cool pavements? How cool is cool?

Learn the answer to these questions as well as the benefits and choices you have to pave your way to a cooler community. You might be surprised to learn of the cool pavements that are in your community already.

Join us for the seminar to learn more about cool pavements and how you can incorporate them into your next pavement project.

Speaker Biography

Haley Gilbert, is a Senior Research Associate with the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ms. Gilbert is leading the "Cool Communities" project to promote the use of cool roofs and cool pavements in California. In addition Ms. Gilbert is the liaison between the group's research staff and industrial partners. Prior to joining LBNL, she worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency coordinating green building and sustainability projects in New York and New Jersey. Haley is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design - Accredited Professional) and holds a Master's degree with a focus environmental design from Yale University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University.

Melvin Pomerantz, Ph.D., is a member of the Heat Island Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Pomerantz specializes in research on making cooler pavements and evaluating their effects. He also has worked on quantifying the effects of cool roofs. Trained as a physicist at UC Berkeley, before coming to LBNL, Dr. Pomerantz did research on condensed matter physics at IBM and was elected to Fellowship in the American Physical Society. Dr. Pomerantz now also teaches in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley.

Paulette Salisbury, FCSI, CDT, is a Technical Specialist with the California Nevada Cement Association (CNCA) an affiliate of the Portland Cement Association. Ms. Salisbury has 25 years experience in the construction industry as a resource specialist for design professionals specializing in concrete admixtures and cementitious products. Public works departments rely on her expertise in pavements and sustainable building choices. Ms Salisbury is an expert on pervious concrete and sustainable construction practices being certified as a Concrete Sustainability Specialist. Ms. Salisbury is formerly a professional educator who has practical real-world construction experience. Ms. Salisbury is a member of the American Concrete Institute, Construction Specifications Institute, California Stormwater Quality Association, Women's transportation Seminar, and the American Public Works Association.

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