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In these recent unseasonably hot days, have you noticed the heat radiating off blacktop? Black asphalt traps heat and releases it back into our cities. “But who said streets had to be black?” asked Ben Schiller, staff writer at Co.Exist. TreePeople’s light-colored Parking Grove demonstrates an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional asphalt-and-concrete parking lots that blanket much of L.A. Naturally, we also planted trees to help shade the area.

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  • Climate Resolve

    This is a great way to fight the Urban Heat Island Effect. Have you had a chance to do a before and after temperature analysis at your Coldwater Canyon site?

    • TreePeople

      Hey, thanks for asking. The “test” we routinely perform is placing our hands on the black asphalt in the handicapped zone and then placing them on the painted asphalt. (On a hot day, you can feel a difference!) However, we will get back to you when we have robust measurements.