The Kid Should See This

The White Roof Project

“Rooftops in the summer are hot. Cooling down buildings wastes energy. Solution: Painting roofs with energy saving white reflective paint.” The White Roof Project is a nonprofit dedicated to curbing climate change by painting NYC roofs white and then hopefully franchising the volunteering activity out across the United States. 

And they’re absolutely onto something. In 2009, Energy Secretary Steven Chu pitched this idea. According to the Wall Street Journal, “white roofs and pavements could mean a one-time reduction of 44 billion tons of carbon dioxide. That… translates to removing all the cars in the world for 18 years.”

Former President Bill Clinton wrote last summer that white rooftops could lower “the utility bill in every apartment house 10 to 20 percent…”

And in the southeastern region of Almeria, Spain, the reflective roofs of their greenhouses (and they’re seriously into greenhouses) are cooling the air temperature in the regionby an average of 0.3 degrees Celsius per decade since 1983. The rest of Spain, however, has experienced temperatures rise 0.5 degrees Celsius.”

Sounds like it might be time to get some white paint and a few ladders. Read more about The White Roof Project, and if you’re in NYC, volunteer!

This award-winning video collection is reader-supported. Become a sustaining member to keep TKSST online and free for everyone, including teachers and parents who use it as a resource to spark learning and curiosity for kids.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

The world’s first Formula-E car: Spark-Renault SRT 01E

Rion Nakaya

The Impact of One Cotton T-Shirt

Rion Nakaya

Electric Car: They Might Be Giants’ Here Comes Science

Rion Nakaya

Google’s Self-Driving Car Project

Rion Nakaya

What happens when you send an email – The Story of Send

Rion Nakaya

The Toyota Camatte electric concept car

Rion Nakaya

How do wind turbines work?

Rion Nakaya

The NY Sunworks Science Barge & teaching sustainability

Rion Nakaya

A full sized LEGO car with an air-powered engine

Rion Nakaya

Get smart curated videos delivered every week.    
Subscribe