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National Forum: Cooling Cities

Friday, 4 August 2017
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The Cooling Cities National Forum, hosted by the CRCLCL’s UNSW Node, was targeted at senior government and industry representatives and looked at evidence-based decision-making in urban microclimate mitigation, which can help cool our cities and therefore reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.

The forum aimed to:

  • Address the urgent issues related to urban heat islands and extreme heat events in Australia.
  • Foster discussion on evidence-based decision-making in urban microclimate mitigation.
  • Provide recommendations on mitigation strategies and technologies.
  • Establish networks that facilitate collaborative efforts across academia, governments and the built environment industry.

The event included the launch of the CRCLCL’s new Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies, and attendees heard an update on the recently commenced project developing an Urban Heat Island Mitigation Decision Support Tool. A series of panel discussions drew out present and future policy directions, industry perspectives and the latest international and national evidence for mitigation and planning.

Access selected slides from the day's presentations here. 


Media Release: Australia’s first official guide to cooling cities launched (534050 PDF)
Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies 2017 (8914286 PDF)
National Forum Discussion Paper: Cooling Cities Strategies and Technologies to Mitigate Urban Heat (2411436 PDF)