Climate Ready Roofs

submission by david_fink

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Climate Resolve

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Climate Resolve’s mission is to make Southern California more livable and prosperous today and for generations to come by inspiring people at home, at work and in government to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prepare for climate impacts.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


California’s climate is changing and it’s vital that the people of Los Angeles are prepared. Three local organizations – Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles, Grid Alternatives Greater Los Angeles and Climate Resolve – have joined forces to help low-income Angelenos become climate ready by placing solar panels on newly laid cool roofs. With your help, this innovative LA program can become a model for the nation.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

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San Gabriel Valley

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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

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Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

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Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


Climate Ready Roofs is developing a replicable model that demonstrates how our city can become more resilient – even thrive – despite a warmer future. With LA 2050’s help, we will re-roof, eight unique single-family homes in the Los Angeles area with cool roofing shingles, and then install solar electric systems on those roofs.

The three groups that comprise Climate Ready Roofs serve unique roles in this project which delivers on the promise of clean renewable power and climate resilience to disadvantaged communities.

Climate Resolve will use its relationships with manufacturers to procure roofing materials and further work with local and state agencies to win new cool roof policies throughout the county and state.

GRID Alternatives is the state administrator of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing Program, the nation’s first low-income solar program. These funds, along with other donations allow their staff to find clients who qualify for a solar electric system at little to no cost. Although GRID assists hundreds of families annually, approximately 50% cannot receive a solar electric system because of the condition of their roof.

Habitat for Humanity has 25 years of experience working in partnership with low-income homeowners living in greater Los Angeles. More specifically, in the eight years it has offered a Home Repair program, Habitat LA has provided more than 230 low income homeowners with health and safety related repairs, with roof replacements being one of the most frequently provided services.

Cool roofs are made with materials that naturally reflect sunlight; sending solar waves harmlessly back into the atmosphere. While most standard roofs absorb the sun’s radiant energy into the building—transferring it as heat—cool roofs reflect much of the sunlight to keep buildings cooler, increasing comfort for occupants and reducing the risk of heat-related illness. Because cool roofs are an energy saving technology, there will not need to be as many solar panels installed, since less energy will be required to power the home. This provides an opportunity for a greater number of homeowners to receive solar arrays.

Climate Ready Roofs delivers on the need for environmental equity. It doesn’t just create the roadmap; it helps build the road to a cleaner more equitable future.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


We will use a variety of measures to evaluate the success of the Climate Ready Roofs projects. To track any changes in energy usage, we will collect and analyze 6 months of pre and post electric usage on each of the 6 families we serve. Second, each of the eight families will be required to complete a post-installation survey asking about the quality of work, level of satisfaction with the application and assessment process, any changes in behavior that would affect their energy usage post-install, the professionalism of the staff, and whether their experience met, exceeded or did not meet their expectations. Third, we will evaluate the success of our education and advocacy efforts by the progress we make towards inspiring the County of Los Angeles to adopt a cool roof ordinance. We believe these are not only achievable goals but the stepping stones to a comprehensive revitalization of underserved communities in Los Angeles and potentially throughout the state and the nation.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

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Tremendous Concept.

How might an entire Greenway corridor benefit from this tactic, in a measurable/demonstrable way?

What would it mean if landscape and hydrology worked along with these measures (so incentives given for permeable parking or solar panels) for the entire urban spine of our city...maybe on Vermont from north to south for instance-- to create a cooling corridor? Could we measure the scale of impact? Who would it benefit/serve?

by dallisond
5 months ago

Good idea to add shade elements! I wonder how receptive the recipient families would be to that addition, but putting it on the table as an option creates an avenue to discuss that with them... I love the personal impact of this project. It creates such a big difference in these families lives to be able to be a part of the transition towards a cleaner economy, and good job training for disadvantaged individuals, too. Such a win-win-win idea. Hoping there's support out there to really scale up this amazing project!

by Brynja
6 months ago

Well-designed shading interventions above (especially south- and west-facing) windows -- attractive sun-reflecting awnings and the like -- would make a nice complement to this excellent cool roofs + solar roofs initiative.

SHADE is the new SUN.

by GregoryWright
6 months ago

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