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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 VisionLive Well San Diego Food System InitiativePurchase of Agricultural Conservation EasementsMultiple 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.
  • Hosted 2 rain barrel promotional events and distributed 58 rain barrels to unincorporated County residents.
  • 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.

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

 

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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.

Want to know more about the Climate Action Plan and how to get involved?  Check out this video!

***To sign up for updates on the Climate Action Plan Project click here.***

Project Timeline:

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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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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.

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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. 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.

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Over the last decade, the County has taken several step to address sustainability and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to the General Plan, notable efforts include:

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contact_us

General Inquiries:
Planning & Development Services
CAP@sdcounty.ca.gov

Media Inquiries:
Jessica Northrup, Group Communications Officer
Jessica.Northrup@sdcounty.ca.gov
(619) 531-5186

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