Smart Surface Technologies Research Unveiled

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Delivering Urban Resilience, a new report authored by Capital-E, showcases a major breakthrough in understanding how cities can become more resilient, healthier and wealthier while slowing climate change. The report will be unveiled at an event taking place at the LEED Platinum Capitol Crossing in Washington, D.C. with Mayor Muriel Bowser.

The report is the result of more than two years of collaborative research and analysis in partnership with organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council, the National League of Cities, the American Institute of Architects, the National Housing Trust, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the cities of EL Paso, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

Capitol Crossing is one of the largest developments in the Washington metro area and also one of the most ambitious. The development creates three new city blocks supporting 2.2 million square feet of new mixed-use space in five buildings and reconnects the Union Station neighborhood to downtown DC. Capitol Crossing offers many smart surface features and technologies. 

The report argues that a lack of investment in smart surface technologies degrades city comfort, decreases livability and resilience, costs jobs and contributes to climate change. The costs are greatest in low-income areas. Lack of greenery and prevalent dark, hard surfaces cause excess summer heat and air pollution, respiratory illness, heat stress, and high health costs. All this is avoidable with smart surface technologies – while saving money.

What: Delivering Urban Resilience Launch Event
Where: Capitol Crossing 200 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 9th floor
When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 2:30—3:45 PM EST


Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser
Greg Kats, lead author of Delivering Urban Resilience  
Will Baker, President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Sean Cahill, SVP of PGP, heads development of Capitol Crossing, former President of the DC Building Industry Association 

Full report partners include the National League of Cities, U.S. Green Building Council, American Institute of Architects, National Housing Trust, Enterprise Community Partners, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, EcoDistricts, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Global Cool Cities, the Department of General Services, the Department of Energy and Environment, the Office of Sustainability (Philadelphia), Casey Trees, the Energy Coordinating Agency, Rock Creek Conservancy and DowntownDC BID.

Contact: If interested in attending or receiving the report in advance, please contact Mary Schrott at or 202-609-7149. Spokespeople will be on hand at Capitol Crossing. This event offers great photo opportunities.

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