Dallas Urban Heat Island

This report describes urban heat island effects on Dallas, Texas, and options that could be implemented to help reduce these effects. It summarizes the goals, costs, benefits, actions, and incentives that Dallas has available to cool the city. These include: (1) expanded use and care of trees and vegetation, (2) cool (reflective) and green roofs, and (3) cool or permeable paving strategies that can help cool the city and address storm water issues.

This report was prepared as part of the Dallas Sustainable Skylines initiative, a three-year partnership between the City of Dallas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the North Central Texas Council of Governments to promote sustainability within the City via voluntary programs which emphasize air quality improvements.

The EPA's Sustainable Skylines Initiative (SSI) provides a framework that, when implemented in an area, can achieve measurable emissions reductions and promote sustainability in urban environments. Under the SSI, an area can choose to conduct projects from seven categories: central city livability, stationary and area sources, energy and climate change, land use transportation strategies, diesel engines emission reduction, green building and green building development, and off-road/non-road sources (emission reductions).


Publication Date: March 2009

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