GCCA Executive Director Kurt Shickman on WAMU’s Metro Connection

Johnathan Wilson, environmental reporter for WAMU (a public radio station in Washington, DC) recently spoke with GCCA Executive Director, Kurt Shickman about rising global temperatures. Kurt talked about the dangers urban heat islands present to people living in cities like Washington, DC, and explained how reflective surfaces and increased vegetation help save lives in extreme heat events.

He also demonstrated how dark surfaces (black roofs) can be as much as 65 degrees hotter than lighter surfaces (white roofs).

You can listen to this WAMU broadcast here, and read a recent GCCA report about how urban heat island heat reduction strategies can help reduce mortality in cities like Washington, DC.