Scientific Data

White roofing and urban temperatures: http://whiteroofproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Academic-White-Roofs-Urban

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Heat Island Group: http://heatisland.lbl.gov/

Efficacy of Cool Roofs City to City: http://newscenter.lbl.gov/feature-stories/2011/07/26/efficacy-of-cool-roofs-varies-from-city-to-city/

Cool Roofs can Offset Carbon Dioxide Emissions: http://newscenter.lbl.gov/news-releases/2010/07/19/cool-roofs-offset-carbon-dioxide-emissions/

Global Cool Cities Alliance, Resource Page: http://www.globalcoolcities.org/?page_id=33

Positive effects of vegetation urban heat island and green roofs

Information from for profit companies

Solar panels and white roofs – a great pair. Multiple studies assert that white roofing improves the effectiveness of solar panels by preventing a rooftop from heating up beyond the optimal temperature at which panels perform.

http://whiteroofproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/For-profit-White-and-Solar.pdf

Explanatory Data

White Roofing and Urban Temperatures: http://whiteroofproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Academic-White-Roofs-Urban

EPA Heat Island Reduction Program, 2009 Presentation: http://whiteroofproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/CRRC_US_EPA_presentation.pdf

Mitigation

Reducing Urban Heat Islands, a compendium of strategies from the EPA: http://www.globalcoolcities.org/?page_id=33

New York City Specific

Bright is the new black multi-year performance of high albedo roofs in an urban climate
High-albedo white and cool roofing membranes are recognized as a fundamental strategy that dense urban areas can deploy on a large scale, at low cost, to mitigate the urban heat island effect.

Snapshot of the New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Cool and Green Roofing Manual:
http://whiteroofproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Snapshot-DDD-NYC-roofing.pdf (This excerpt only includes only the section on white roofing.)

Sustainable South Bronx, Cool Surfaces Combat NYC pollution: http://www.ewire.com/news-releases/scientists-sustainable-south-bronx–cool-surfaces-can-combat-nyc-pollution-save-energy-improve-health–green-collar-jobs-needed/

The full report is available through the SSBx website: http://www.ssbx.org

New York City’s new white roofing legislation and building codes: http://whiteroofproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/NYC-Cool-Roof-Legislation-Local-Law-21.pdf