08/25/20

County is 98% to Meeting its 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target The County reduced 130,075 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent through the end of 2019, achieving 98% of the CAP’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. Learn more in the newly released 2019 Climate Action Plan Annual Monitoring Report. Continue Reading Article

09/11/20

The Road to Emissions Reduction Did you know that driving accounts for 45% of unincorporated county greenhouse gas emissions? Learn what the County is doing to reduce its transportation emissions and see how you can help. Continue Reading Article

09/11/20

October 7th is California Clean Air Day October 7th is California Clean Air Day, where individuals, youth, and organizations throughout the state commit to take action to reduce air pollution in homes, schools, businesses, and local governments. Take the pledge for clean air! Continue Reading Article

09/11/20

New Incentives Help Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in the Region SANDAG and the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District have partnered with CALeVIP to bring electric vehicle charger incentives to San Diego County. The opportunity will make electric vehicle charger installations easier and more affordable for businesses, commercial properties, multifamily residences, and local government facilities throughout the region. Continue Reading Article

08/21/20

Educating and Engaging the Community on Sustainability Matters Community education and engagement are two primary initiatives of CAP implementation efforts. Each year, the County participates in multiple community events to share how it works to protect the environment and how residents can help. Learn about outreach events held in 2019 to promote sustainability in the community. Continue Reading Article

08/21/20

Reducing Outdoor Water Use Conserves a Precious Resource and Contributes to Greenhouse Gas Reductions The average Californian uses 85 gallons of water per day at home, with 30-60% of this water used outdoors, mostly for landscaping. In June 2020, the County of San Diego updated its Landscaping Ordinance to reduce outdoor water use, save a precious resource, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue Reading Article

08/21/20

Enhance Your Health by Supporting Your Local Food System Would you like to know where you can get local, fresh, seasonal organic produce? Or do you have fruit trees that produce more fruit than your family can consume but you don’t want to go to waste? The Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative can help. Continue Reading Article

07/09/20

County Garners Recognition for Sustainability Programs Innovative services and programming that provide parks, libraries, roads, fire protection, and public safety contribute to a secure, healthy, and thriving community. In 2020, the National Association of Counties recognized the County with Achievement Awards for its sustainability-related programs. Continue Reading Article

07/09/20

Trail Etiquette: The Right Way to Determine Right-of-Way The County of San Diego oversees more than 360 miles of trails at over a hundred parks and preserves. Most trails are multi-use, welcoming visitors on foot, bike and horse. To navigate trails safely, it’s important to understand who has the right of way. Continue Reading Article

07/09/20

Improving Energy Efficiency Helps Save Money and the Environment Your path to energy efficiency doesn’t stop at purchasing an efficient appliance. Learn about several ways to ensure that your home is running as efficiently as possible, which will help you to save on energy costs and reduce maintenance costs. Continue Reading Article

06/12/20

Earth Day Goes Virtual County residents shared their appreciation of the Earth Day website the County of San Diego Land Use and Environment Group created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd. The website features activities, videos, and virtual tours to give children, teens, adults and families a fun way to enjoy Earth Day even though beaches, parks and trails were closed due to COVID-19. Continue Reading Article

06/12/20

Fresh, Seasonal Produce at Your Local Farmers’ Market The warm rays of summer are out and now is a great time to enjoy sweet, juicy strawberries, cherries, peaches, and watermelon. You can find these refreshing, seasonal treats at 36 Certified Farmers’ Markets and 21 farm stands throughout the region. Continue Reading Article

06/12/20

Sustainable Summer Activities for Kids With the start of summer and after several months of the stay home orders, many parents may be wondering how to keep their children active and engaged. Through the Department of Parks and Recreation and the San Diego County Library, there are several options to keep kids busy with sustainability-focused activities. Continue Reading Article

05/15/20

Composting: Nature’s Recycling Food scraps and yard waste comprise 34 percent of waste in the unincorporated area landfills. Learn how to divert food scraps and yard waste from the landfill with composting. Continue Reading Article

05/15/20

Heavy Weight Recycling: Construction Debris is Key to Meeting Goals Each year, an estimated 34% of the waste that goes to landfills in San Diego is construction and demolition debris. On April 1, 2020, the County enacted changes to its Construction and Demolition ordinance to increase diversion from landfills, conserve landfill capacity and comply with State waste diversion requirements. Continue Reading Article

05/15/20

Staying Safe On Your Next Bike Ride Bicycling is a healthy, environmentally friendly, and affordable way to get around. You can ride your bike to the grocery store, or to take in scenic mountain or coastal views. In honor of National Bike Month, here are some tips on getting around on your bike safely. Continue Reading Article

04/22/20

Happy Earth Day 2020! Today is Earth Day – a day we celebrate our long and important history of promoting sustainability and environmental protection in daily life and public policy. Continue Reading Article

04/02/20

Solar Rays Power the Golden State Did you know California has the largest installed solar capacity of any U.S. state, as much as the next six top solar producing states combined? Solar installations in California can support over seven million households. See how the County of San Diego is supporting solar power at residential properties. Continue Reading Article

04/02/20

Earth Day Celebrates 50 Years of Action On April 22nd of every year one billion people from around the globe celebrate Earth Day, a day of action to promote environmental protection in daily life and public policy. This year, April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Earth Day. Continue Reading Article

04/02/20

Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions from Teleworking Teleworking, or telecommuting, is an arrangement in which an employee performs work at a remote worksite (such as home, library, or another location) for a specified portion of the workweek. When the conditions are appropriate and teleworking is implemented, significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and increased air quality can occur. Continue Reading Article

03/06/20

Expanding the number of trees in San Diego County The County of San Diego is working to increase the number of trees at County parks and open space preserves. As part of its Climate Action Plan, the County is implementing a tree planting program for the unincorporated county to plant a minimum of 3,500 trees annually! Continue Reading Article

03/06/20

Strong branches: How trees benefit our everyday lives Trees are a beautiful part of San Diego’s landscape wherever they are found – on urban streets downtown, lining boulevards, and peppered throughout canyons, open spaces, and on mountainsides that crisscross the county. Trees offer us so many benefits across all areas of our lives, it is easy to overlook some of them. Learn more about a few of the benefits of trees, including economic, environmental, health, and social benefits. Continue Reading Article

03/06/20

Landscaping for your climate zone with native plants saves water and attracts friendly visitors! Did you know that you can see more species of birds in San Diego County than in any other county in the United States? From the coastal prairie zone to the desert zone, our region supports a wide range of climactic conditions. Understanding these climactic zone conditions help to determine how well different types of landscaping will survive and thrive in your yard. Continue Reading Article

02/10/20

Reducing outdoor water use California’s year-round sun and ideal weather can help grow beautiful gardens and lawns, but often it can require large amounts of water to keep plants looking great. Reducing outdoor water use doesn’t have to mean changing a beautiful garden oasis though – just being creative about where the water comes from. A low-cost way to capture free rainwater is with rain barrels. Continue Reading Article

02/10/20

Quick tips on how to save water Did you know that 30-60% of water California households consume is for outdoor usage? View simple changes for ways you can conserve water in your home and yard that can result in significant savings. Continue Reading Article

02/10/20

Keeping stormwater drains, rivers, lakes, and oceans free of hazardous waste One of San Diego region’s most valuable natural resource is water and keeping our waterways clean is a concern of most residents. One way our waterways can be negatively impacted is from hazardous waste and other pollutants entering our stormwater system. See how you can help prevent stormwater pollution with a few simple steps. Continue Reading Article

01/10/20

Enjoy your new year sustainably The beginning of any new year allows for a new start. This new year is unique as it provides an opportunity to think about what the next decade might bring. Thinking long term and making positive choices work together with sustainability. Here are simple practices that can be considered to incorporate sustainability into your daily life in the new year. Continue Reading Article

01/13/20

Winter Energy Savings Stay warm this winter while saving on your home energy bills by following a few simple tips. Continue Reading Article

01/10/20

Walking or biking can do more than kick-starting a healthy New Year's resolution The start of a new year is the time when many people resolve to practice healthier habits, often dedicating to eat better, exercise more, and improve overall personal health. See how walking or bicycling to work or to complete an errand, can help increase your activity levels and provide multiple benefits to both you and the community. Continue Reading Article

12/12/19

Fresh, Seasonal Holiday Feasts This festive time of year offers many opportunities to enjoy special meals with friends and family. It is also a great time to try new recipes that highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. Continue Reading Article

12/12/19

Don't 'waste' the holidays away! Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, American household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Here are four zero waste and eco-friendly gift ideas from San Diego County’s ReThink Waste that can make the holidays more meaningful. Continue Reading Article

12/11/19

Are you ready to own an Electric Vehicle? The County is making it easier. On October 16, 2019, the County Board of Supervisors approved an Electric Vehicle (EV) Roadmap. The EV Roadmap establishes actions that the County will take to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the County’s unincorporated area and encourage EV ownership among residents while helping to meet the state vehicle and charging infrastructure goals in the next decade. Continue Reading Article

10/01/19

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

10/02/19

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

09/30/19

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

10/02/19

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

08/21/19

County on Track to Meet 2020 Emissions Reduction Target! The County is excited to announce the release of the 2018 Annual Monitoring Report, the first in the series of reporting and monitoring requirements, the report describes the County’s implementation efforts supporting the Climate Action Plan (CAP) which was adopted in February 2018. Continue Reading Article

08/05/19

Save Energy On Hot Days Your air conditioner may be working hard these hot, muggy San Diego summer days. Keep cool this summer while saving on your home energy bills by following some important tips. Continue Reading Article

08/15/19

Healthy Ways to Prevent Wasted Food Did you know that 40% of food in the US goes uneaten while 40 million Americans do not have consistent access to adequate and nutritious food? In California, 6 million tons of food is thrown away! Continue Reading Article