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The Heat Island Project at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL/HIP) is compiling a guidebook for the control of summer heat islands, which currently affect most US cities. The guidebook will describe the causes and societal costs of this climate phenomenon, as well as the benefits and energy saving potentials of using trees and light-colored surfaces to mitigate it. Both conservation potentials and the experiences of city-wide implementation programs will be presented. The guidebook is supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and others. It is written in non-technical language, and targeted for government officials, utility planners, and others interested in addressing this community-wide energy and environmental issue.