ESSIC Assistant Research Scientist Ping Zhang was an invited keynote presenter at a recent collaborative workshop hosted by the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The event entitled, "2015 Tree Summit: Greening the District through Collaboration," was held in late December at the American University.
Peng's talk focused on her recently published work, "Impact of Urbanization on US Surface Climate." The keynote introduced the quantitative and qualitative role of urban vegetation in surface climate mitigation. Zhang explained it's not just the amount of vegetation, but also the species of the vegetation that impacts surface climates in cities.
The audience included D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser, as well as the directors of the National Park Service, DOEE and the DDOT. Other scientists and D.C. decision makers were also present.