Conservation measures increase tree planting on residential and County land to sequester and store carbon from the atmosphere into the soil. Supporting efforts promote locally grown food and sustainable agricultural practices to conserve water, build soil health, and moderate soil temperatures during extreme heat days, and achieve continued greenhouse gas reductions. Measures in this sector will help the County achieve a reduction of 791 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 and 17,920 in 2030. 

MEASURES


Strategy A-1 – Support Conversion of Agricultural Equipment to Alternative Fuels

Strategy A-2 – Increase Carbon Sequestration

BACKGROUND


While agriculture is a major contributor to the local economy, it contributes 5% of the unincorporated county’s total greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, application of fertilizer, and the use of petroleum- or diesel-powered equipment. To help address greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector, the Climate Action Plan includes measures that focus on replacing older agricultural equipment with clean, efficient alternatives to lower emissions, improve air quality, and save money for farmers.

2019 Achievements

  • 74 sixty-inch box trees were planted in County parks in 2019, including eight Engelmann Oaks at the Santa Ysabel Nature Center
  • 3,661 trees  were planted by the County Department of Parks and Recreation in 2019, for a total of 17,591 trees since 2017
  • 13 tractors and one utility terrain vehicle were replaced in the unincorporated county under the Air Pollution Control District’s Clean Air Campaign Program

Awards

  • The County received a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award (NACo Category: Libraries) in 2019 for the Green Teen Garden. This program established by the Teen Action Council in 2016 at the San Diego County Library’s Ramona branch fosters nutritional literacy, teaches civic responsibility, and strengthens community ties.