Collective and individual actions do add up. Everyone, every business, and every entity has a role to play in addressing climate change. Check out these simple actions you can take at home, in your workplace, or in your community to make a difference. Click on the tiles and resources below to learn more.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Volunteer with the County as a park ambassador, community center helper, or park docent/naturalist. Students/youth under age 18 years old are welcome.
- Attend a Community Planning Group meeting
- Help at a community cleanup event with I Love a Clean San Diego
- Educate youth on climate change using science, art, and storytelling with the Climate Science Alliance Climate Kids program.
SUSTAINABLE LIVING TIPS
Reduce Energy Use
Did you know? Buildings account for almost 40 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Green buildings are profitable, cost-effective and good for the economy.
Build a green building
- Check out U.S. Green Building Council San Diego events
- Apply for a roof-mount solar permit online
- Convert agricultural equipment to electric through an Air Pollution Control District grant
Did you know? The average Californian commutes approximately 30 miles roundtrip per day. Compared to gasoline, $0.60 of electricity can take you as far as a single gallon of gasoline, which can cost updwards to $4/gallon.
Did you know? High-efficiency clothes washers save 11,000 gallons/year.
- Purchase a high-efficiency clothes washer or toilet. Find rebates for water-efficient appliances, turf replacement, rotating sprinkler nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers, rain barrels and cisterns:
Did you know? 1/10 inch of rain on 1,000 square foot roof equals 62.5 gallons of water.
Harvest rain: Get a rain barrel
Did you know? Up to 70% of your water bill goes to watering your lawn and garden!
- Practice water wise landscaping. Water your lawn 1-2x/week instead of 5x/week to save 840 gallons/week, or 43,680 gallons/year.
- Rethink how you use water
- Learn about Sustainable Groundwater Management
- Be WaterSmart with San Diego County Water Authority
- Visit The Garden at Cuyamaca College
- Follow Save our Water tips
- Design your garden utilizing San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Guidelines
- Read and share ideas via eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle, a free, interactive online magazine
- Follow a California Watershed Approach to Landscape Design
Did you know? 40% of all plastic littered or dumped ends up in the ocean each year. Surfrider collected 174,000 pieces of waste, including 7,800 plastic straws and lids at a 2018 county clean up event.
Did you know? 40% of edible food in San Diego County goes uneaten, while 1 in 7 San Diegans face food insecurity. In California, 6 million tons of food is thrown away! That accounts for 18% of materials in the landfill while nearly 5 million Californians remain “food insecure.”
- Prevent wasted food
- Donate excess fruit from fruit trees: visit Feeding San Diego and San Diego Food System Alliance
Did you know? Adding an inch of mulch twice a year to your garden can help retain moisture, build soil fertility, and protect plants.
Help Build Healthy Soil
Did you know? Added to soil, compost increases water holding capacity, makes soil less prone to erosion, requires less fertilizer, and sequesters significant amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
- Conserve agricultural use on your farm: apply for the Purchase of Agricultural Easements program
- Plant a tree, select the right tree characteristics by using Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute's SelecTree
- Take a composting workshop at the Solana Center