The Heat Island Effect

What is a Heat Island? According to the EPA:

“The term “heat island” describes built up areas that are hotter than nearby rural areas. The annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F (1–3°C) warmer than its surroundings. In the evening, the difference can be as high as 22°F (12°C). Heat islands can affect communities by increasing summertime peak energy demand, air conditioning costs, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, heat-related illness and mortality, and water quality.”

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Our living wall will add vegetation to the heavily paved, urban habitat that exists in West Oakland. Increasing vegetation is one way that we can reduce the heat island effect in our neighborhood.  Read more about heat islands at http://www.epa.gov/hiri/.

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