Clean air and energy efficiency for all
Los Angeles is a city notorious for its smog, a combination of particle and ozone pollution. Lower-income neighborhoods, however, are breathing in significantly more tailpipe pollution than wealthier areas of the city. In addition, low-income households face more barriers when it comes to accessing energy efficiency measures and renewable energy, putting them at risk of energy poverty.
Climate Resolve and GRID Alternatives work to bring sustainable building innovations to underserved residents. When the two organizations offered Malarkey the chance to give back to the community, our colleagues jumped at the opportunity.
The project, partially funded by a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Community Emissions Reduction Grant, supplied more than a dozen homes with new roofs and solar energy systems.
Malarkey provided complete systems featuring shingles with 3M™ Cool and Smog-Reducing Roofing Granules for three roofs. Shingles with these granules are solar reflective and help stave off energy use to cool homes under the hot Southern California sun and combat the heat island effect. They also act as the equivalent of approximately 2 trees “planted” per roof to help clean the air of pollutants.