urban heat island http://wfpl.org en Louisville Needs More Trees to Curb Fast-Growing Urban Heat Island Effect, Researcher Says http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-needs-more-trees-curb-fast-growing-urban-heat-island-effect-researcher-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Louisville residents live in one of the fastest growing urban heat islands in the U.S., according to preliminary results of an ongoing study.</span></p><p>A city’s urban heat island effect is defined as the temperature difference of rural areas compared to downtown areas.&nbsp; That temperature difference in Louisville ranked highest among 50 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, according to the study by Brian Stone, a professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:55:33 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9583 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Needs More Trees to Curb Fast-Growing Urban Heat Island Effect, Researcher Says Louisville Picks a Firm to Assess the Tree Canopy http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-picks-firm-assess-tree-canopy <p>Metro Louisville has hired a firm to do the city's first tree canopy assessment.</p><p>The city has a long-term goal of getting to a 45-percent tree canopy coverage, with specific goals of minimizing the<a href="/term/urban-heat-island"> urban heat island effect </a>and improving stormwater drainage. It could also reduce smog and ozone alert days "by cooling the city's atmosphere," the city said.</p><p>The assessment is meant to help the city reach that goal.<a href="http://www.davey.com/davey-resource-group/"> Davey Resource Group</a> will undertake it.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9302 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Picks a Firm to Assess the Tree Canopy Louisville Could Benefit From a Tree Ordinance, Expert Says http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-could-benefit-tree-ordinance-expert-says <p>Louisville’s tree canopy has been reduced in recent years by invasive pests and storms. Several steps have been taken to begin looking at the issue, but the city still lacks a comprehensive tree ordinance.</p><p>Enter Ed Macie. He’s a regional urban forester with the U.S. Forest Service who’s been helping cities craft tree ordinances for decades. And he’ll be in Louisville today and tomorrow to discuss the benefits of such an ordinance.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:40:01 +0000 Erica Peterson 6866 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Could Benefit From a Tree Ordinance, Expert Says Trade Group Promotes Concrete as Partial-Solution to Louisville's Rising Temperatures http://wfpl.org/post/trade-group-promotes-concrete-partial-solution-louisvilles-rising-temperatures <p>The Kentucky Ready Mix Concrete Association is renewing<a href="http://www.keepkycool.com" target="_blank"> an advertising campaign</a> to inform the public about Louisville’s recurring problems with the urban heat island effect.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 5866 at http://wfpl.org Trade Group Promotes Concrete as Partial-Solution to Louisville's Rising Temperatures