Cool Pavement Program Earns Innovative Transportation Solutions Award
Fulton Schools Assistant Professor Ariane Middel is among two ASU faculty members working with the Phoenix Street Transportation Department’s Cool Pavement Program, which recently won the 2022 Innovative Transportation Solutions Project of the Year Award from WTS International, an organization dedicated to advancing women in the transportation industry. The program is working on ways to reduce the urban heat island effect in the city through the use of street pavements with coatings that help to mitigate a rise in nighttime temperatures that can result in more energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and air pollution. Middel and ASU Assistant Professor Jennifer Vanos led the cool pavement project’s research and data analysis work. Middel is on the faculty of the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence, one of the seven Fulton Schools, and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, a collaborative of the Fulton Schools and ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.