Soil Solutions for Urban Heat Islands

As temperatures throughout the Northeast reached dangerously high levels already this summer, our Read Custom Soils division is delivering record amounts of Cornell University’s proprietary blend of custom soils designed specifically to protect urban trees.

RCS is a licensed supplier of this special blend of crushed stone, clay loam, and a material that promotes nutrient and water retention. The result is trees that thrive in an urban setting where soil compaction is required to support sidewalks, parking lots, or permeable pavers.

In recent days, the Boston Globe has reported extensively on the problem of urban “heat islands,” a phenomenon that disproportionately affects lower-income neighborhoods.

We encourage urban developers to consider specifying CU Structural Soil in their landscape plan to help reduce this inequity. Learn more here.

Plymouth County, Massachusetts
July, 2021