(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that all of the following shall occur:
(1) The California Environmental Protection Agency shall work with its partners on
the Climate Action Team to develop heat reduction strategies that include urban forestry,
cool roofs, and sustainable or cool pavements.
(2) The California Environmental Protection Agency shall develop a definition for
the urban heat island effect. The definition shall include the extent and severity of an urban heat island effect
index for California cities such that the cities can have a quantifiable goal for
(3) In support of this effort, the Department of Transportation shall work with the
California Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders on sustainable or
cool pavement technologies and research.
(b) Upon completion of a definition for an urban heat island effect index, the Department
of Transportation shall develop a standard specification for sustainable or cool pavements
that can be used to reduce the urban heat island effect index.
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