Science at the Theater: Cool Cities, Cool Planet

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Berkeley Lab scientists discuss how white roofs can cool your building, your city ... and our planet, and the role of the other carbon -- black carbon -- in global warming.


Arthur Rosenfeld, Professor of Physics Emeritus at UC Berkeley, founded the Berkeley Lab Center for Building Science in 1974. He served on the California Energy Commission from 2000 to 2010 and is commonly referred to as California’s godfather of energy efficiency.

Melvin Pomerantz is a member of the Heat Island Group at Berkeley Lab. Trained as a physicist at UC Berkeley, he specializes in research on making cooler pavements and evaluating their effects.

Ronnen Levinson is a staff scientist at Berkeley Lab and the acting leader of its Heat Island Group. He has developed cool roofing and paving materials and helped bring cool roof requirements into building energy efficiency standards.

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  • Arthur Rosenfeld; Melvin Pomerantz; Ronnen Levinson (2011), "Science at the Theater: Cool Cities, Cool Planet,"

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