Local Efforts on the Big Issues
Climate Change from Fossil Fuels
Increased emissions of greenhouse gases have caused temperatures to rise, which are causing catastrophic events all over the world. The global climate is changing, and we directly feel and see the effects of that change locally in our communities. This includes a higher frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, droughts, wildfires, storms and sea-level rise. Furthermore, a changing climate is causing immediate and long-term damage to our ecosystem, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and our overall quality of life in the San Diego region. We need a coordinated response in our region to climate change.
Below is a look at the work being done locally by the County and an external organization on this topic.
County Work on This Important Topic
As part of its commitment to a healthier community for all, the County of San Diego has been at work in several areas to help reduce harmful emissions that change our climate. Explore the links below to learn more.
Regional Decarbonization Framework (RDF)
The integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework (RDF) is a partnership to move the region toward zero-carbon emissions.
It is the County’s science-based, wholistic approach to guide the region’s decarbonization efforts in partnership with the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, and the University of San Diego (USD) Energy Policy Initiatives Center and Inclusive Economics.
In January 2021, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors approved new policy guidelines for our Climate Action Plan (CAP) Update to establish actions to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035-2045. The CAP Update will reduce GHG emissions generated from current and future activities within the unincorporated area of the county, and emissions generated by County facilities and operations.
We also continue to implement a series of measures previously employed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. These measures are administered through multiple County departments. You can visit the our dashboard to see our progress. You can also take climate action at home, work, and in your community.
We also have programs that help others make a difference. Our ReThink Waste campaign encourages people to rethink what they consider waste. And our robust recycling program helps residents properly recycle at home.
The County of San Diego is committed to doing its part to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles on the road and improve access to charging infrastructure to provide clean mobility options for all residents. The EV Roadmap contains 6 goals and 11 recommendations to move the County toward a more sustainable future by purchasing new EVs for the County fleet, installing charging infrastructure for public use at County facilities and in other priority locations throughout the unincorporated area, and more.
Our Electric Vehicle Consumer Guide provides
resources to help answer your questions about owning a battery
electric vehicle (EV) and can help find an EV that fits your
CAC is working towards safe and healthy homes that run on clean electricity and are free of indoor air pollution and climate-harming natural gas.
CAC is working to move SANDAG’s 2021 Regional Transportation Plan across the finish line.
CAC advocates 100% clean energy for all where every community has the power to decide their energy future through community-focused clean energy programs.
They want to ensure that every family can prepare for, survive, adapt, and even thrive in a hotter, drier world.
"While we fight to stop emissions at their source, we must also work to ensure that everyone can prepare, adapt, respond, and thrive despite external stressors. Decades of disinvestment have left communities of concern with less resources to prepare for and respond to climate impacts like brutal heat waves and lack of air conditioning."
CAC advocates for policies and programs that help cities adapt to the climate emergency in a way that is equitable and just.
"To fight the climate crisis, we must reimagine our streets and neighborhoods."
CAC wants 50% of urban residents biking, walking, and taking transit
by 2035 by providing expansive networks of protected bike lanes and
walkways and building affordable, dense housing close to healthy