The County of San Diego has long been committed to protecting the environment, and over the last decade has taken several steps to address sustainability and reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) builds upon these efforts and provides a blueprint moving forward to continue to address a changing climate.
The CAP identifies specific strategies and measures to reduce GHG emissions in the largely rural, unincorporated areas of San Diego County as well as County government operations. The CAP aims to meet the State's 2020 and 2030 GHG reduction targets, and demonstrate progress towards the 2050 GHG reduction goal. With existing legislative reductions, the County is on track to meet the 2020 reduction target.
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The CAP is a programmatic plan that identifies specific measures that, coupled with State legislative actions, will cumulatively help the County meet its 2020 and 2030 reduction targets. GHG reduction strategies, specific outcome based reduction measures, and supporting efforts are organized under five categories.
Each measure has an implementation timeframe, associated cost, and funding mechanism. Over time, the County will monitor, review, and update the CAP to ensure continued effectiveness and progress toward meeting the 2020 and 2030 emissions reduction targets, and 2050 goal.
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Public outreach and stakeholder engagement has been essential in the development of the CAP. Throughout the planning process, the County of San Diego collaborated with the community at large including 50 stakeholder groups with the environmental, business, and community sectors, and during more than 100 public workshops, meetings, and events.
In October 2016, the County’s Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) staff was granted the “Outstanding Public Involvement” award for the CAP’s Public Outreach and Engagement Plan at the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP) San Diego Chapter Awards and Scholarship Banquet. The Outreach Plan established a framework of stakeholder meetings and community events to engage diverse audiences, synchronized with key project milestones.