The City of San Luis Obispo set an ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2035. The SLO Climate Coalition formed from community members to support their efforts. This is our website.
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Creating a Carbon Free SLO
Please consider backing a new city building code for HEAT this summer that mandates heat mitigation built ins in all new buildings erected in SLO and requires retrofitting all old housing stock. The Housing Authority of SLO with a large concentration of seniors and disabled residents was never required to build to a heat code. My building is like an oven during the more frequent heat waves we are having with temperatures over 100 degrees . We no longer have a “Mediterranean” climate with cool breezes a night which allow the purging of heat collected during the day. Instead we have “Urban Heat Islands” that function like brick ovens at night with heat build up 24/7 for some buildings from surrounding concrete sidewalks and asphalt as well as roof materials and attic seepage collecting roof heat. New inexpensive materials now exist to help retrofitting and perhaps grant money can be made available to HSLO and all SLO senior facilities.
Justin Bradshaw says
Hi Carol, thank you for your comments. We agree that housing needs to work for all citizens and have also noticed that our summers are getting hotter. We are actively advocating for more climate friendly building codes and your suggestion here will be passed onto the team on the Coalition that handles that.
carol weiser says
The sustainability coalition could be a big help in getting the City to face it’s responsibility in protecting its aging senior population, the most vulnerable population with intense heat waves with temperatures between 81 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit, for two or more days, according to the National Weather Service. Residents on psychiatric mediations or diuretics like Coumadin or Warfarin are also at high risk for dehydration, heat stroke and death. Please consider becoming an advocate for these populations. Thank You.