Stay Cool Save Cash is an initiative of The Smart Surfaces Coalition. The Coalition is committed to the rapid, cost-effective adoption of smart surfaces to enable cities to thrive despite climate threats, save cities billions of dollars, decrease heat, reduce flood risk, slow global warming, and increase city livability, health, equity and jobs.
Reduce Summer HEat
$700 billion Saved
273,000 New jobs created
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SMART SURFACE Solutions
Cities that deploy smart surfaces reduce temperatures, save millions of dollars, and make communities more livable.
Cool roofs are light colored and engineered to reflect away most heat—unlike traditional dark colored roofs. When summer sunlight hits a dark roof, 52% heats the city air, compared to 8% for light colored roofs which reflect a lot of sunlight and heat back into space.
Trees decrease temperature by providing shade and transpiring. Trees turn CO2 into oxygen, clean air pollutants, and reduce flood risk by absorbing water during heavy rains.
Green roofs are covered in vegetation, which provides shading, reduces building energy use, cleans the air, and absorbs and better manages water.
Porous pavements absorb and clean water, allowing rain to recharge groundwater while reducing storm water runoff and flood risk.
Solar PV converts sunshine into electricity and provides shading for buildings, sidewalks, and other public areas.
By combining smart surface solutions, cities can maximize the benefits from a single area. For example:
Green roofs + Solar PV generate clean energy, reduce building energy use, manage storm water, and clean the air;
Porous + cool surfaces reflect heat, capture rain, and clean the air.