Climate Resolve is dedicated to creating real, practical solutions to meet the climate challenge while creating a better city for Angelenos today and in the future.
LA: First Major City in U.S. to Require Cool Roofs on Residential BuildingsThe Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an update to the Municipal Building Code on December 17th, 2013 making Los Angeles the first major city to require all new and refurbished homes to have a “cool roof.” This policy recommendation was a result of Climate Resolve's “Hot City, Cool Roofs” in March 2013.
In Los Angeles, cool roofs are a great solution to reducing energy usage and improving the public health of Angelenos, especially on hot days. UCLA research suggests that by midcentury, the number of “extreme heat” days above 95°F will triple in downtown Los Angeles and nearly quadruple in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Cool roofs can help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses or death -- especially for elderly and low-income residents.
Read more about our Hot City, Cool Roofs work in Los Angeles.
Stunning Snowfall Loss in LA Predicted by New ResearchThe picture of LA's future is coming into focus. Alex Hall's latest study "Mid- and End-of-Century Snowfall in the Los Angeles Region," tells an alarming story.
The one place on earth where you can ski in the morning and surf by sundown is destined for changes – changes that could alter our very notion of living in Los Angeles. Within your lifetime and certainly the next generation’s we may no longer be able to load up the car for that last minute trip to a favorite sledding spot on a weekend afternoon whim. There are other implications for life in LA as well, for the region’s economy, water resources, and wildlife; but first, let’s talk about what exactly this groundbreaking study reveals.
The study estimates that the Los Angeles area will lose 30-40% of its annual snowfall in local mountains by mid-century. Whether or not we take action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, substantial snowfall loss by mid-century is inevitable, and we have to adapt to these changes. The good news is that taking action now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will make a substantial difference and help to preserve some of Southern California’s snow for future generations.
Read more about what a loss of snowfall might mean for Los Angeles.
Read more about how we're keeping LA cool.
Climate Smart Schools in LAGermain Elementary School, in the San Fernando Valley, is composed of a small set of classrooms surrounded by a sea of hot black asphalt. The playgrounds add an extra 40°F, forcing the students to stay indoors. And the heat makes the school’s air conditioners labor that much harder.
Climate Resolve has now joined with EcoMotion to create Climate Smart Schools. Together we’re directly helping school districts win real savings, get the best bang-for-the-buck from Prop. 39.