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 2018 Climate Action Plan (2018 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 the 26 measures in the 2018 CAP to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

On September 30, 2020, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors voted to set aside its approval of the County’s 2018 Climate Action Plan (2018 CAP) and related actions because the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (2018 CAP SEIR) was found to be out of compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In response to this Board action, staff are preparing a Climate Action Plan Update (CAP Update) to revise the 2018 CAP and correct the items identified by the Court within the Final 2018 CAP SEIR that were not compliant. The 2018 CAP and EIR are being revised in partnership with residents, and business and environmental groups. The County continues implementing sustainability measures to effectively reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) as part of its ongoing commitment to the environment. The court ruling struck down part of the 2018 CAP’s EIR but did not find fault with its 26 GHG reduction measures. Learn more about the CAP Update.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS


The County reduced 160,743 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by implementing 2018 Climate Action Plan measures in 2020. Find status updates on all 26 measures on the 2018 CAP dashboard, and read the full 2020 Report on Climate Action Plan Progress to learn more.

19%

reduction in County fleet emissions below 2014 levels

1,033

rain barrels distributed through the County Watershed Protection Program's discounted rain barrel program

4,689

trees planted by the Department of Parks and Recreation

8,315

homes with solar installations permitted through the County's Online Permits platform

662

acres of open space conserved through the Multiple Species Conservation Program

2018 CAP EMISSION SECTORS


The 2018 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

Energy

Solid Waste

Water & Waste Water

Agriculture & Conservation

NEWS


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

09/23/21

Updates to the Climate Action Plan Update Project Schedule The County is committed to crafting its Climate Action Plan Update using the most current data available. Learn how the CAP Update project schedule is being revised to use the most up-to-date transportation modeling data. Continue Reading Article

09/22/21

CAP Team Seeks Input on Emissions Reduction Measures for the Built Environment and Transportation Sector As a part of the Climate Action Plan Update, the County is holding a series of public workshops throughout the year to present project updates and solicit feedback. In August, the County facilitated an Emissions Reduction Measure workshop on the built environment and transportation emissions reduction sector. Continue Reading Article

09/22/21

Make the Pledge to Go Electric During National Drive Electric Week 2021 The 11th annual National Drive Electric Week is September 25 to October 3, 2021. Celebrate with people as they raise awareness of the many benefits of battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Continue Reading Article

09/22/21

Green Building Standards Help Reduce Water Consumption, Greenhouse Gas Emissions In December 2020, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amending the County's Green Building Code to increase water efficiency in new residential development. The update sets standards and requirements on kitchen faucets and appliances for all new residential development, alterations, repairs, or reconstruction in the unincorporated county. Continue Reading Article