How Climate Resolve Stays Cool: Thelma Briseño

Staying cool is a hot topic because extreme heat affects everyone. Which is why Climate Resolve engages with low-income communities who are feeling the impact today.

It’s important – extreme heat makes health disparities worse. If your home lacks air-conditioning (as do half of LA’s residences,) or if you have an existing health condition, or if you work outdoors, then extreme heat is a problem now. Millions of people are at-risk in Los Angeles County.

But even if you live in a cool neighborhood today, global warming has your number. It’s a matter of time.

Thanks to Climate Resolve’s efforts, Los Angeles is implementing cool solutions today, such as mandating passive cooling technologies, such as cool roofs, which are now part of the city’s building code for all new and refurbished installations. We can keep temperatures down on extreme heat days with cool surfaces and green space while also increasing our use of clean energy.     

Fighting extreme heat is what we do at Climate Resolve. We’re pulling back the curtain and introducing you to team members who are combating extreme heat. We want to show you the projects they’re working on and the ways they stay cool. This is How Climate Resolve Stays Cool. 

Get to know our Senior Director of Energy and Water Programs, Thelma Briseño. For more than two decades, she’s been a scientist and advocate working in the environmental health and community development space. Since moving to California in 2014, Thelma’s worked on green building and energy efficiency projects at schools and private developments, as well as developed net zero carbon projects within our most climate-vulnerable neighborhoods in Los Angeles. 

To learn about the different projects we are leading in the fight against extreme heat, visit our website. Want to support our work? Make a tax-deductible donation today to help us continue our fight against extreme heat and to support vulnerable communities.