Denver has recently taken the initiative of being the latest Midwestern U.S. metropolis to (collectively though mandatorily) take on the fight against climate change through an effort of forcing owners of new buildings of significant size or central city location to implement either rooftop solar panels or gardens. The goals of the Denver council and fifty four percent of the voting constituents is to more easily manage storm water while reducing the amount of energy consumed by city skyscraper appliances such as air conditioners. It was mentioned that inspiration largely came from other large cities like London, Paris, and New York either encouraging or requiring the new eco-friendly rooftops. While solar panels can be expensive at first but pay off in the long run, rooftop gardens immediately start to absorb rainwater and release it more slowly throughout the city drainage systems. New technological advancements are enlightening building owners of new ways to claim all levels of their held space. Rooftop gardens protect the top layer while keeping the interior cooler when desired bringing lower utility bills. Many are worried that if initiatives like the Denver Green Rooftop remain mandatory, it can be costly enough to curtail affordable housing and impede upon nonprofit organizations. I believe the new presidential administration needs to acknowledge the existing effects of climate change and reinitiate national investments in a shift towards cleaner energy sources like solar, wind, current and geothermal. I do believe that some negative externalities can and will arise from initiatives being publicly enforced. If they could just shift towards simply being encouraged while being funded jointly between the state and federal governments; than the enduring resistance to adaptation will disperse.

  • Daniel