County of San Diego
Climate Action Plan

The County of San Diego is committed to helping communities thrive while protecting the region’s unique and diverse natural resources. One of the County’s sustainability tools is the Climate Action Plan (CAP), which contains a series of measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. These measures are administered through multiple County departments and focus on activities that occur within the unincorporated area of the region, and within County-owned facilities, regardless of location.

The County is actively engaged in implementing the CAP and its 26 measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


The County reduced 103,643 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by implementing Climate Action Plan measures through 2018. Find status updates on all 26 measures on the CAP dashboard, and read the full 2018 Annual Monitoring Report to learn more. 


The CAP reduces greenhouse gas emissions through 26 enforceable, quantifiable, and achievable measures within five emissions sectors. Roll over and click on each button to learn more. 


Built Environment & Transportation


Solid Waste

Water & Waste Water

Agriculture & Conservation


County of San Diego climate action stories, news, and updates


Ride Free and Ride Share This Week! In the unincorporated county, 45% of greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks. The average American car emits one pound of carbon for each mile driven. Free Ride Day is on October 2nd. Ride Share Week, September 30 – October 4, promotes taking transit, carpooling or vanpooling. Continue Reading Article


Recycling Do's and Don'ts It’s happened before…you’re standing at the recycling bin holding a greasy pizza box, a slightly dirty take-out Styrofoam container, or a used coffee cup and you wonder, “is this recyclable?” In hope or haste, you make your decision. But did you make the right choice? And what are the consequences if you didn’t? Continue Reading Article


Picking up the PACE: Preserving Agriculture in San Diego County With over 5,000 small farms and 360 registered organic growers, San Diego County has the largest number of small farms in California and the highest number of organic farms in the country. Just head out to pick apples in Julian, peruse the rainbow of produce at a local farmers markets, or witness the influx of farm to table restaurants and you quickly see how agriculture and farming feed the local economy, particularly in unincorporated areas. Continue Reading Article


Are YOU Ready for a Wildfire? Wildfire season is upon us. It may not seem like it with the amount rain we received this winter and spring. But all that rain led to an abundant growth in vegetation, which in hot, dry temperatures, becomes the perfect fuel for fires. Continue Reading Article