August 19, 2015
This case study discusses the District’s efforts to reduce urban heat islands by making grants to pilot the use of cool roofs, implementing the Smart Roof Initiative to retrofit District-owned buildings, and adopting of a new Green Building Code.
This report is part of series of six case studies that explore ways that subnational jurisdictions in the United States and China are building resilience to natural hazards, extreme weather, and climate change.
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These case studies examine efforts to adapt to impacts in three U.S. and three Chinese jurisdictions, including efforts to prepare for:
These case studies are oriented toward building resilience to the weather and climate related impacts being experienced in each jurisdictions; these actions are not always explicitly linked to climate change, and we do not evaluate the effectiveness or appropriateness of the specific activities undertaken by each jurisdiction.
These case studies were supported by a grant from the Georgetown Environment Initiative and the MacArthur Foundation. The Georgetown Climate Center collaborated with Professor Joanna Lewis at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service on this interdisciplinary comparative research.