Breaking Down Barriers

Supporting Community Engagement and Effective Science Communication

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Cool Cities

Can you build a cool city—one that mitigates the heat island effect?

Many cities act as urban heat islands, significantly warmer than their surrounding areas due to human activities. Our warming climate will only make these cities hotter, leading to intense heat waves and lowered quality of life. Cool Cities allows participants to explore the ways cities can mitigate the heat island effect while taking into account urban planning.