Cooling the City

The Challenge

All areas of our region are projected to get warmer as a result of climate change. In addition to the human health consequences of extreme heat, residents will soon find they are paying more just to keep themselves cool and comfortable.

Solutions

Despite a certain rise in temperatures, we can take actions to fight climate change while also making life better for Angelenos. We can keep temperatures down on extreme heat days  with cool surfaces and green spaces, as well as efforts to increase clean energy and energy efficiency. These actions to curb the heat island effect will make us more resilient and comfortable.

What We’re Doing

Greening Our Gray Urban Environment

Climate Resolve is committed to urban greening, which is a key part of reducing the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect and cooling the city. As we plant more trees and vegetation, air quality is improved, increased shade makes pedestrian walkways and public spaces more accessible, and stormwater runoff is reduced.

In the Canoga Park and South El Monte neighborhoods, we’re working to design landscapes and tree palettes to reduce the UHI effect in these communities, as well as making the natural landscape more water efficient. These projects will make these neighborhoods more pedestrian and bicycle friendly, as well as capturing more stormwater and keeping it off the streets.

What You Can Do

We can all take steps to reduce energy usage, maintain comfort, protect health, and save money. Find suggestions for how you can make improvements to your home on our KCET Climate Change LA blog. How to Stay Cool During Extreme Heat Days on our KCET Climate Change LA blog.

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