10/21/21

Keep up with the Sustainability Planning Division on Social Media Connect with the Sustainability Planning Division on Twitter and Facebook and follow along as we promote County sustainability and conservation initiatives. This month, we're introducing our Conservation Team! Continue Reading Article

10/21/21

CAP Team Seeks Input on Emissions Reduction Measures for the Agriculture and Conservation 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 September, the County facilitated an Emissions Reduction Measure workshop on the agriculture and conservation emissions reduction sector. Continue Reading Article

10/21/21

Developing Options for Increasing Native Plant Landscaping in the County The County is developing options to encourage the use of native plants in landscaped areas to protect our natural resources through incentives, regulation, and/or educational programs. Continue Reading Article

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

08/23/21

New Report Projects the Demand for Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations to Meet State Targets A new report estimates that by 2030, the San Diego region will need to significantly increase the number of publicly available electric vehicle charging stations (and even some hydrogen fueling stations) to keep up with projected demand. Continue Reading Article

08/23/21

Twenty-three Years of Preserving Species and Habitats in South County One of the tools that the County of San Diego uses to preserve the region’s unique, native habitats and wildlife biodiversity for future generations is the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). Over the last 23 years of the MSCP, there have been many exciting successes. Continue Reading Article

08/23/21

CAP Team Seeks Input on Smart Growth Alternatives and Emissions Reduction Measures 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 June, the County facilitated a Smart Growth Alternatives workshop, followed by an Emissions Reduction Measure workshop on the energy, water and wastewater, and solid waste emissions reduction sectors in July. Continue Reading Article

07/15/21

County Exceeds its 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target by 22% The County reduced 160,743 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent through the end of 2020, exceeding the 2018 CAP's 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 22%. Learn more in the newly released 2020 Report on Climate Action Plan Progress. Continue Reading Article

07/15/21

County Launches Electric Vehicle Consumer Guide Website As part of the County of San Diego’s ongoing implementation of the Electric Vehicle Roadmap (EV Roadmap), we are excited to share the launch of the Electric Vehicle Consumer Guide website. This website provides resources to help answer questions about owning zero-emissions vehicles. Continue Reading Article

07/15/21

Making Climate-Friendly Food Choices While climate change might seem completely overwhelming, many individuals and families find it empowering to learn strategies they can implement in their day-to-day lives to help reduce—or mitigate—the impacts of climate change. Here are three easy steps you can take to make more climate-friendly food choices. Continue Reading Article

06/17/21

CAP Update Embraces Equity and Environmental Justice During Public Workshop Over the last few months, the County has heard from members of the public that they are concerned about the disproportionate effects of climate change on our most vulnerable communities and the importance of emphasizing equity in the Climate Action Plan Update. On June 2nd, the sustainability planning team held our first equity-focused workshop. Continue Reading Article

06/17/21

County Sustainability Projects Nationally Recognized The National Association of Counties released its 2021 program of Achievement Award recipients last month, recognizing counties throughout the country for innovative programming and services that better their communities. Of the 51 total County projects that received an award, learn about a few standout sustainability efforts. Continue Reading Article

06/17/21

San Diego County APCD Program Offers Financial Incentives to Retire Older Vehicles Passenger vehicles and other mobile sources are the largest contributors to air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the San Diego region. To help achieve regional and local air quality goals, and reduce GHGs, the County of San Diego is introducing a new program that will provide money to San Diego residents to retire old vehicles. Continue Reading Article

05/17/21

Climate Action Plan Update Equity-Focused Virtual Public Workshop The County is hosting an online equity-focused workshop on June 2 to discuss equity in the CAP Update, solicit feedback to aid in the identification of underserved/frontline communities, understand and define equity, develop an engagement approach that is inclusive and effective, and develop a greater understanding of the climate-related issues facing identified communities. Continue Reading Article

05/17/21

Policy Updates Aim to Increase Diversion of Organic Materials from Landfills On May 5, 2021, the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors approved updates to the Solid Waste Ordinance to encourage waste diversion in the unincorporated county. The Board of Supervisors also updated its franchise agreement with companies providing waste and recycling services. Continue Reading Article

05/17/21

Organic Materials Ordinance Update Project County staff has been conducting research and public outreach to inform the development of the Organic Materials Ordinance Update project. This project is part of a Countywide effort to meet solid waste diversion targets pursuant to the 2018 Climate Action Plan and in alignment with programs and policies recommended by the Strategic Plan to Reduce Waste. Continue Reading Article

04/22/21

Celebrate Earth Day: Continue Good Habits Developed Over the Last Year April 22nd is the 51st anniversary of Earth Day! At this time last year, we were at the height of the pandemic around the world. While humans have mostly returned to our usual patterns, there are some sustainable habits we were just starting to develop a year ago during our time at home. See some low-carbon habits brought on by the pandemic, and let’s keep them up! Continue Reading Article

04/22/21

Climate Action Plan Update - Public Workshop The County’s sustainability planning team advanced the Climate Action Plan Update project at a virtual public workshop on April 21st. The event drew more than 175 attendees and included a presentation on the project background, objectives, components, and timeline. See highlights from the workshop and learn more about the CAP Update project. Continue Reading Article

03/29/21

PACE Program Update Seeks to Expand Opportunity to Farmers On March 3rd, the County’s Board of Supervisors adopted the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program Update, which included new eligibility criteria to expand this opportunity to a larger group of agricultural landowners and updated the ranking criteria used for easement selection. Continue Reading Article

02/25/21

Latest News on the CAP Update On January 28th, the Planning & Development Services sustainability team kicked off the County’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) Update project at a public scoping meeting. The meeting drew attendees from across the region to solicit comments regarding the scope and analysis of the CAP Update Supplemental Environmental Impact Report and potential greenhouse gas reduction strategies to be included in the CAP. Continue Reading Article

02/25/21

Ordinance Update Seeks to Increase Composting The County is undertaking the Organic Materials Ordinance Update project to expand and encourage composting activities in the unincorporated area. The proposed project will allow by-right composting, streamline small-scale composting, and expand options for medium- and large-scale operations. Continue Reading Article

01/20/21

Start the New Year Off with a Sustainable Resolution If you are still working on selecting your 2021 New Year’s Resolution, or looking to add another, consider incorporating sustainability into your daily life. To help you on this journey, here are a few New Year’s Resolutions you can use to live more sustainably. Continue Reading Article

12/14/20

Recycle Right for a Sustainable Holiday Season Did you know that Americans generate 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than during the rest of the year? The County is here to offer some simple tips on how to reduce your waste, Recycle Right, and create a more sustainable holiday season. Continue Reading Article

12/14/20

Implementing a Roadmap to Clean Transportation In its first year of Electric Vehicle Roadmap implementation, the County took steps to accelerate transportation electrification across the region with policy changes, EV infrastructure improvements, public outreach, and regional collaboration. See highlights of the County’s progress to electrify the roadway network. Continue Reading Article

11/06/20

Support Your Local Food System During This Holiday Season Purchasing locally sourced and in-season produce keeps organic waste out of the landfill and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Learn how you can use locally sourced food this holiday season to support local farmers, have access to fresh produce, preserve diversity, and reduce your carbon footprint. Continue Reading Article

11/06/20

Enjoy the Outdoors on Green Friday On November 27th, trade in Black Friday shopping madness – whether that’s online or in-store – with Green Friday by discovering the great outdoors. Take a deep breath of fresh air, observe birds soaring above, and hike off the Thanksgiving dinner calories! Continue Reading Article

11/06/20

County Awarded Funding to Study Gap in Equitable Transportation in La Presa – Spring Valley Community Planning Area The County of San Diego has been awarded funding to evaluate transportation gaps and identify mobility needs, preferences, and priorities of residents in under-resourced communities. Continue Reading Article

10/12/20

County Cuts Its Water Use by 15 Percent The County committed to reducing water consumption at its facilities in the 2018 Climate Action Plan. By conducting regular water audits to monitor consumption, and implementing best practices at County facilities, the County is achieving its goal of 15% water reduction. Continue Reading Article

10/12/20

Saving Water is a Family Effort! Did you know in 2019 each Californian used 86 gallons of water per day? Saving water is an environmentally friendly practice that can result in fewer greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction, processing, and transportation of treated water. We hope you will find this list of tips helpful for all family members to save water around the house. Continue Reading Article

10/12/20

Rebates for WaterSmart Irrigation Devices from the San Diego County Regional Water Authority Rebates for WaterSmart irrigation devices are available! Owners of commercial (including Home Owner Associations), industrial, institutional, public and agricultural property that are served by the San Diego County Water Authority member agencies can access rebates for irrigation equipment to help reduce irrigation water use. Continue Reading Article

09/25/20

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