On February 14, 2018, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors adopted the County Climate Action Plan (CAP). The County has been a leader in sustainability through its Live Well San Diego Vision, Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative, Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements, Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP), County Strategic Plan to Reduce Waste, and County Strategic Energy Plan. The CAP builds upon these programs to improve climate resiliency, expand environmental stewardship, support the local economy, and move towards a more sustainable future.
Since adoption of the CAP, the County has been hard at work. Here are a few of our accomplishments that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move us closer to our target of a more sustainable future!
- Ordered 25 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to help decarbonize the County fleet.
- Installed and activated 3 electric vehicle charging stations at County facilities.
- Issued 1,870 permits for residential solar photovoltaic systems for a total of 16,370 KW.
- Launched the Renewable Energy Program (REP) through the release of the Request for Information for the REP Comparative Analysis.
- Conserved a total of 754 acres under the Multiple Species Conservation Program, including 722 acres in San Ysabel.
- Hosted 2 rain barrel promotional events and distributed 58 rain barrels to unincorporated County residents.
- Planted 3,385 trees through the County tree planting program, plus an additional 30 trees for storm water compliance.
- Hosted 2 tire amnesty events where 1,498 waste tires were collected.
- Conducted 4 midscale composting classes with 60 attendees.
- Hosted trade in event where 392 gasoline-powered lawn mowers were traded for rechargeable, zero-emissions models.
- See the County at work planting trees to restore habitat, address climate change, and meet 2020 tree canopy goals. https://www.countynewscenter.com/students-give-life-to-oakoasis-county-preserve/
Stay tuned! The first annual report will be released in July 2019.
CAP in the News
"County of San Diego Selects Envision Solar EV ARC™ Solar Charging Stations for its Electric Fleet" - The Bakersfield Californian
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) adopted by the Board of Supervisors on February 14, 2018, 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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Project Documents and Technical Reports:
Final County of San Diego Climate Action Plan Appendices
Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (including Appendices, Findings, and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program) - located at the link below.
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.
February 14, 2018
Board of Supervisors Hearing on the County’s draft Final Climate Action Plan. Click here to view the Hearing.
January 18, 2018
Planning Commission Hearing on the County's draft Final Climate Action Plan. Click here to view the Hearing.
October 20, 2017
Planning Commission Informational Meeting. Click here to view the meeting.
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. During the public review period, which ended September 25, 2017 the County held four public informational meetings to engage members of the community, and multiple meetings with environmental, business and community groups.
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.
The County's Climate Action Plan is aligned with and builds upon many other County efforts through complementary implementation-focused actions.