Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment

Looking Up

How Green Roofs and Cool Roofs Can Reduce Energy Use, Address Climate Change, and Protect Water Resources in Southern California

Cara Horowitz


The Emmett Center partners with ​NRDC on a new study analyzing the benefits of smart roofing options for Southern California.  Looking Up concludes that green roofs and cool roofs would save energy and money, reduce global warming pollution, and relieve stress on California’s limited fresh water supply.  Coauthored by Cara Horowitz, the study quantifies these benefits and makes policy recommendations for promoting smart roofs.​​