An urban heat island, or UHI, is a metropolitan area that’s a lot warmer than the rural areas surrounding it. There are many sources of UHIs. For example, when houses, shops, and industrial buildings are constructed close together, it can create a UHI.
Climate Resolve is committed to urban greening, which is a key part of reducing the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect and cooling the city. As we plant more trees and vegetation, air quality is improved, increased shade makes pedestrian walkways and public spaces more accessible, and stormwater runoff is reduced.
In the Canoga Park and South El Monte neighborhoods, we’re working to design landscapes and tree palettes to reduce the UHI effect in these communities, as well as making the natural landscape more water efficient. These projects will make these neighborhoods more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, as well as capturing more stormwater and keeping it off the streets.