It is now common to hear about record high temperatures across U.S. cities. Cities are especially susceptible to extreme heat owing to a phenomenon known as the "urban heat island effect." As this effect attracts increased attention and research, new ways are emerging to help cool sweltering cities, which will also save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One way to counteract the urban heat island effect and cool communities is to cool your pavements. What are cool pavements? How cool is cool? What are the other benefits of cool pavements? Learn the answers to these questions as well as the choices you have while paving your way to a cooler community.