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Coping With Climate Change: Green Roofs of Chicago

Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Newshour

A set of eight photographs compiled into a series of slides explain how urban areas are facing challenges in keeping both their infrastructure and their residents cool as global temperatures rise. Chicago is tackling that problem with a green design makeover. This report is part of PBS's Coping with Climate Change series and could challenge students to consider engineering designs to help their own cities be greener.

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About the Science

  • The background article describes the rationale for constructing green roofs and other improvements to reduce energy and stormwater runoff.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The material presents the impacts of several technologies on the warming due to the urban heat island as well as regional or global warming. These include green roofs, permeable pavements, and urban forestry. The explanations are well presented. The project does not appear to have been updated in several years. There is a reference to the 2010 dashboard, which is a bit old.

About the Pedagogy

  • While no specific lesson accompanies this slideshow, it serves to spark the interest of students in viewing how cities are coping positively to the changes in climate. Slides/photographs are linked to main featured news article, which is supported by interviews from critics, info graphics, broadcast videos and links to the PBS Coping with Climate Change web page.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Visually appealing photographs to inspire students to think about how science drives engineering design.

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