Dancing the Urban Heat Island Effect

As part of Climate Week NYC, the Human Impacts Institute launched its Ten Days of Climate Action. The goal of the Ten Days was to use creative art installations around varying topics concerning climate change to inspire curiosity and conversations with passers-by on often overwhelming issues. Community members were also asked to become a part of the solution through a variety of public engagement activities, such as video journals and petitions.

The Ten Days was a great success, engaging tens of thousands of locals and tourists alike with thought-provoking art and conversations on climate throughout the City.

Weren’t able to make it? See what we did for our inaugural Ten Days below and take ten climate actions today!

Day 7: Urban Heat Island Effect

On Friday night at Cubana Social in Brooklyn, many gathered for the screening of a short film that captured ‘The Albedo Effect’. The original dance performance was created and performed by Tara DePorte and Jacqueline Hall, with live drumming from Alex White. Filmed on a roof of a low-income, residential building in NYC, the piece creatively demonstrated the environmental effects of a transforming a traditional rooftop into a cool roof.

The presence of impervious surfaces in place of vegetation results in the phenomenon called called the urban heat island effect, which makes cities significantly hotter than the surrounding areas. Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC includes an intiative to mitigate these effects with alternative roofs which would also result in energy savings. Green roofs are another solution offering a wide range of benefits such as improved water quality.

Get in touch today to participate in the next cool roof coating season, or start organizing with other residents in your building about how to save by coating your own roof!

By Human Impacts Institute’s Environmental Services Intern, Melanie Sluyter

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