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Climate solutions. Urban cooling with Dr Sebastian Pfautsch (Stage 3, Stage 4)

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Meet Dr Sebastian Pfautsch as he explains how playgrounds and housing can be cooled efficiently and sustainably. Part of the 100 Climate Conversation series.


As part of the Powerhouse’ 100 Climate Conversations weekly podcast, selected innovators have presented simple positive messages to schools about what can be done to save our planet.

In this episode meet Dr Sebastian Pfautsch. His mission is to cool playgrounds, schools and homes to improve health and reduce our carbon footprint. Clever and sustainable planning, construction and living just may change our  Earth Overshoot Day. His ideas are positive, practical and most importantly, achievable.

This is an edited recording of an interview on Friday 4 April 2022 from the Powerhouse Museum.


BROUGHT TO YOU BY: The Powerhouse Museum


Dr Sebastian Pfautsch is an Associate Professor in Urban Studies and the Research Champion for Western Sydney at Western Sydney University. In these roles, Dr Pfautsch develops trans-disciplinary research around the complex issue of urban heat.

While the core of his work is concerned with the cooling functions delivered by urban green infrastructure (UGI), his applied projects deal with heat mitigation far beyond UGI and include reflective surface and building materials, artificial shade structures and more. His work takes place at different scales, from microclimates in streets, parks, playgrounds, schools and hospitals to heat monitoring across entire suburbs and local government areas. He has worked extensively with private industry, local and state government organisations across Australia.

He is a member of the NSW Government’s Greening our City Panel. Sebastian has helped develop the new national standard AS2303:2018 for the Australian horticulture industry, and together with peak industry bodies and Standard Australia is currently writing Australia’s first national UGI Handbook. His work brought vegetated green track to the new light rail line in Parramatta, and delivered Australia’s prototype UV-smart, cool playground in Merrylands.

His high-quality research output is documented in the form of more than 80 peer-reviewed research papers, technical reports and journal articles that are cited internationally more than 2600 times (March 2022). He communicates his work regularly in print, online and broadcast media, most recently in the global BBC program ‘Life at 50°C’. Meltwater analyses showed that in 2020 his work received 1.2 billion online article views around the world.

Event Details

Event Type

On Demand - Unlimited

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Youtube Recording


33 Minutes


Primary, Secondary

Syllabus Outcomes

ST3-1WS-S, ST3-4LW-S, SC4-4WS, SC4-7WS, SC4-9WS, SC4-13ES, SC4-15LW

Main KLA, Strand, Sub Strand

Science and Tech » Physical World 7-10

Other KLAs

Science and Tech » Earth and Environmental Science


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