Cool Communities is a nonprofit action-oriented advocacy
program aimed at improving and conserving energy
by promoting the use of lighter, reflective (high albedo)
roofing and paving materials in combination with strategically planted
shade trees as a desirable design "system."
In Georgia, Cool Communities has formed a coalition of public and
private organizations to support these efforts. Nationally the program
is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U. S.
Environmental Protection Agency. Each local "Cool Community"
organization is responsible for its own funding, generally
through grants, contributions, and foundation support.
The Cool Communities Sustainable Design "System" is
composed of three basic measures for heat island mitigation:
These American Forests images show the progression of the
urban heat island in the Atlanta metro area from 1972 thru