Educating and Engaging the Community on Sustainability Matters


Community education and engagement are two primary initiatives of CAP implementation efforts.

From promotion of online residential battery-storage permitting to hosting conferences on climate-resilient farming practices, the County promotes activities to build resilient and sustainable communities. Each year, the County participates in multiple community events to share how it works to protect the environment and how residents can help.

With the 2019 Climate Action Plan Annual Monitoring Report being released soon, here are a handful of outreach events held in 2019 to promote sustainability in the community.

Celebrating Sustainability: Earth Day Fair

In April 2019, the County’s Land Use and Environment Group hosted an Earth Day Fair at the County Operations Center where county residents learned how County sustainability programs improve air quality, protect watersheds, support local agriculture, and reduce waste. An electric vehicle powered by solar energy was on display to demonstrate how the County vehicle fleet is transitioning to cleaner energy. Participants also had the opportunity to properly dispose of batteries, compact fluorescent lights, and other hazardous waste materials.

The County also participated at the annual EarthFair in Balboa Park which drew in over 100,000 visitors. Of the over 300 exhibitors were the County’s Parks and Recreation Department, Air Pollution Control District, and the Department of Public Works, which teamed up with the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista to hold the “Reuse and Repair Fair.” In this joint effort, the County and two cities shared creative and innovative ways to give new life to visitors’ reusable household items.

Electric vehicle powered by solar energy

Learning about hazardous waste disposal

Creating Climate Heroes: Live Well San Diego 5K

Climate Heros

Held in July 2019, runners of all ages participated in the annual Live Well San Diego 5K. In addition to the family fun run, the event included an interactive educational fair where visitors learned about the San Diego region’s agricultural economy, parks, watershed protection, and air quality.

At the climate action booth, participants transformed into climate heroes as they donned capes and masks while learning about the biologically diverse species of animals and plants that call our region home.

Sustainability In Action: Zero Waste

The Planning & Development Services Department hosted its annual departmental meeting with a theme of “Sustainability” at Flynn Springs Park. Over 200 attendees received reusable utensils, straws, and cups to use at the event and reuse in their daily lives. Food scraps were collected in composting bins. Guest speakers from Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative and Feeding San Diego shared the importance of food donation and limiting wasted food to sustainable food systems.

The Department of Public Works hosted the annual Zero Waste Symposium in partnership with Zero Waste San Diego. Speakers from cities and agencies throughout the San Diego region and state shared how they are cutting down on organic waste and increasing the amount of materials recycled, such as metal, paper, glass, and plastic, to achieve zero waste goals.

Collecting food scraps

2019 Zero Waste Symposium

Youth Outreach: Clean Air Education

APCD School Presentation

San Diego Air Pollution Control District (APCD) hosted school presentations to educate elementary, middle, and high school students on sources of air pollution, APCD’s role in keeping our air clean and protecting public health, and steps youth and families can take to help reduce air pollution.

Contact the APCD Community Outreach Office to schedule a speaker for your school.

Future Events

Though we may not meet in person for the time being, we still want to continue conversations with the community on sustainable practices. Look for announcements on County future events at the County News Center Calendar and Live Well San Diego Community Calendar.