Pasadena To Become Region’s Next Cool City

Posted by on September 19, 2014

Following the lead of Los Angeles, Pasadena will become the second Southern California city to institute a requirement for “cool roofs” for all new residential construction as well as re-roofs when the square footage being replaced is 50% or greater. A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof.

Climate Resolve met with members of the community active with Transition Pasadena and the Citizens Climate Lobby (Pasadena Foothills chapter) in the spring of 2014 to advise them on cool roof policy. From there they took the blue print and met with the Mayor, members of the Pasadena City Council as well representatives of the city’s utility, Pasadena Water and Power. This is a great step forward in meeting the City’s energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals, all while reducing the urban heat island effect and helping Pasadena residents reduce their energy expenses at home.