Lighten Up Blog

Heat affects nearly every aspect of urban life. This forum is dedicated to better understanding how cooling cities down makes them healthier, happier, more prosperous, and more climate-friendly places to be.

Cool Roofs Save Lives During Global Killer Heat Waves

Posted by gcca on July 2, 2015

NOAA has been tracking rising temperatures around the world and it seems each month we see new reports of record setting heat. According to NOAA records, May was the hottest year on record, and it looks like 2015 is on track to beat last year for overall temperatures. Extreme heat events are happening all over  Read More…

National Adaptation Forum

Posted by gcca on May 19, 2015

Last week, GCCA joined over other 825 professionals in St. Louis last week to discuss the latest in urban-scale climate adaptation at the National Adaptation Forum. It was a great and energizing opportunity to meet with a diverse set of representatives from cities, tribes, utilities, and the private sector who share a common goal to  Read More…

The Power of Cool Coatings!

Posted by karen-smith-murphy on May 12, 2015

The Northern Cape Province of South Africa is mainly semi-desert. In January, afternoon temperatures usually range from 34 to 40 degrees Celsius. In 1939, an all time high of 47.8 degrees Celsius was recorded at the Orange River. Summer temperatures often top the 40 degree mark in this region (104 Fahrenheit). This video explains how  Read More…

France Mandates Sustainable Roofs

Posted by gcca on April 1, 2015

France has recently approved a requirement that new commercial roofs must be partially covered with vegetation or solar panels.¬† This is a first of its kind requirement, and has generated a lot of coverage as a result, including National Geographic, Architecture and Design, Triple Pundit, and many others. This requirement is an exciting step to  Read More…

GCCA Part of Coalition to Study Benefits of Smart Roofs on Affordable Housing

Posted by karen-smith-murphy on March 30, 2015

n response to growing interest in understanding the health, economic, social, and energy implications of greener affordable housing, GCCA partnered with clean energy and green building research and advising firm, Capital E, and several national non-profits (including AIA and USGBC), to study the costs and benefits of smart roof technologies. ¬†Based on a first-of-its-kind analyses  Read More…