The Florida LTAP Center in partnership with the Florida Pavement Preservation Council presents the “Pavement Preservation Wednesday” Webinar Series. This series will take place on the last Wednesday of the month in 2021.

Florida Pavement Preservation CouncilThe October 27th 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.


UHI City Graphic

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

This webinar is provided at no cost and will award a certificate of training listing the Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or a certificate of completion verifying your attendance. Certificates will be awarded only for fully attending and completing this webinar. A total of 1.5 PDHs can be earned.

Please note – space for this webinar is limited, and Florida local agencies are being given first priority!

Panelist Bios:

Chris EversChris 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.

Koetter, MariaMaria 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.

Urban Heat Island and Pavement Preservation Explained

DATE: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
TIME: 2:30 to 4:00 pm (ET)