live / 2015

Climate Ready Roofs

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Climate Resolve

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.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Expand a pilot or a program
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Number of households below the self-sufficiency index
  • Housing affordability
  • Rates of homelessness
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

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?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Education/training
  • Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support