This recorded webinar will provide attendees a thorough introduction to one of the “hottest” pavement related issues of today and how pavement preservation strategies can help solve one of the most challenging issues we face – soaring urban temperatures. The Global Cool Cities Alliance (GCCA) will present the science behind the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, discuss the latest on their Cool Roadways Partnership, and highlight some of the heat related language in the INVEST in America Act (2021 Infrastructure Bill). This session will focus on explaining the complex nature of UHI, highlight what cities are doing to combat it, and review the proposed federal funding available for local agencies to deploy solutions to mitigate urban heat while also helping to preserve pavements.
This recorded webinar is brought to you by the Florida Pavement Preservation Council (FPPC) in concert with the Florida LTAP Center. FPPC is a non-profit organization organized in 2010 under the National Center for Pavement Preservation at Michigan State University. FPPC’s purpose is to support Pavement Preservation and asset management education and outreach to local agencies across Florida
- Review the detrimental effects of excess heat on our pavements and how to mitigate those effects through pavement preservation.
- Introduce and define the urban heat island effect and its causes.
- Highlight success stories from similar agencies implementation of cool roadways strategies.
- Introduction of heat related language in the INVEST in America Act and how cities could receive hundreds of millions in cool roadways funding to help address the challenges of urban heat.
Chris Evers is the Executive Coordinator from the Florida Pavement Preservation Council in addition to his role with Pavement Technology Inc., a company he joined in 2012. Chris was instrumental in the founding of the Florida Pavement Preservation Council in 2010. Chris has over 23 years of experience in the heavy highway construction industry. Chris has been involved in all facets of heavy highway educational efforts. He is the Past President of the American Public Works Association Florida Chapter. His involvement in the Florida Chapter has spanned a multitude of Committee Chairs, Task Forces and Officer Positions. In 2012 he founded the Public Works Director Roundtable and he also moderates the International PWD Roundtable at PWX. He has been an active speaker for APWA, FACERS, ASCE, ASHE, ARRA, Florida T2 Center, and the Florida Airports Council. A faithful disciple of Pavement Preservation he will be handling the introduction to both FPPC and Pavement Preservation in general.
Maria Koetter is the Interim Executive Director at the Global Cool Cities Alliance. In this capacity, Maria leads the Cool Roadways Partnership and engages with leaders and subject matter experts from cities, universities, and federal entities, as well as the manufacturing and industrial sectors. The Cool Roadways Partnership includes 27 jurisdictions that, together, spend over $500 million each year on road repairs and maintenance. Maria works with these partners to provide market leadership towards advancing the availability and use of cost-effective, high-performance cool roadways solutions. Maria is also leading efforts to monitor and measure the heat reduction impacts of cool roadways in partnership with key stakeholders. Maria formerly served as Louisville, Kentucky’s first Director of Sustainability and led city-wide strategic sustainability planning, policy development and program implementation. Maria developed Louisville’s first comprehensive sustainability plan “Sustain Louisville” in 2013. Under her direction, the City conducted the first-of-its kind urban heat island study that identified specific actions that could be taken to effectively manage urban warming. Maria developed Louisville’s Cool Roof Incentive program to act on the study recommendations. Further programs Maria led include green infrastructure incentives, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, climate adaptation, and citywide tree canopy reforestation.
The short video below is a preview of what will be discussed in this recorded webinar.
To earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or a Certificate of Completion for each recorded webinar, you must view the entire webinar. After viewing, please fill out the web form at the link below to request your certificate. The Florida LTAP Center will follow-up within 2-3 weeks.
This webinar will award 1.5 PDHs.