Applaud New Eco-Friendly Roof Mandate


Target: Climate Resolve Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey

Goal: Applaud efforts to require the installation of “cool roofs,” which feature materials that reflect most sunlight, in all new Los Angeles homes

Los Angeles is notorious for its blistering heat and pervasive pollution, but it is also the home of many dedicated environmental activist groups. Climate Resolve is a local group that has been campaigning for the Los Angeles City Council to update its Municipal Building Code with a provision requiring all new homes to feature a cool roof, the material of which naturally reflects the sun’s energy instead of absorbing it. While “warm roofs” reflect only about 20 percent of all the sunlight that hits it, cool roofs manage to reflect 80 percent, resulting in slightly cooler interiors as well, which will help residents weather extreme heat conditions and reduce the risk of heat stroke or other heat-related injuries.

The group’s executive director, Jonathan Parfrey, noted, “Climate Resolve has been working on this ordinance because we know it is a great step forward in meeting the City’s energy efficiency and climate goals. Cool roofs are a great way for Angelenos to keep their energy costs low and significantly reduce Green House Gas emissions in the City.” The recent unanimous passage of the proposed amendment makes Los Angeles the first major city to enact such a measure, and speaks to its universal appeal for environmentalists, the city, and its residents. If homeowners need an additional incentive, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is subsidizing the cost of cool roofs.

By signing this petition, you are thanking Climate Resolve for continuing to work closely with the City Council to make clear the links between environmental health and public health. You are applauding their diligent efforts to make Los Angeles the first city to fully embrace cool roofs.


Dear Executive Director Parfrey,

Climate Resolve has made some major strides in local sustainability activism in the last year, helping Los Angeles to become the first major city to embrace cool roof technology. Looking to the future of environmentalism is more important than ever, as years of unchecked environmental abuse are now catching up with our communities.

Thank you for helping to make Los Angeles a leader in environmental practices by campaigning for the recently adopted amendment to the Municipal Building Code requiring cool roofs on new homes. I hope that other communities will follow your example and embrace cool roofs and other eco-friendly building materials and practices.


[Your Name Here]

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