The Framework is composed of three parts: a Technical Report, a Workforce Report, and a Playbook.

Technical Report:

The Technical Report provides science-based pathways to get sectoral emissions to zero by mid-century in the three highest emitting sectors in the region: on-road transportation, electricity generation, and natural gas use in buildings. The report also provides analyses of the ways that regional lands can naturally help fight climate change. In addition to these carbon-focused analyses, the report also provides analysis of the quantitative impacts of climate investments on jobs in the region; provides a framework of regional institutional governance that emphasizes collaborative policy experimentation and review; identifies local commitments to reducing GHGs and the gaps that exist in reaching goals of decarbonization, as well as opportunities to help guide our region to achieve zero carbon emissions; and an overview of the ways that the San Diego region can be a case study for other regions in California, the country, and the world. The full Technical Report is available here and the Summary for Policy Makers is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, English, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

View the web and translatable version of the Summary for Policy Makers here to read the document in other languages.


Workforce Development Study | Putting San Diego County on the High Road: Climate Workforce Recommendations for 2030 and 2050 by Inclusive Economics:

This study compliments the quantitative work done in the Technical Report on the employment impacts of climate investments by providing qualitative analyses and workforce recommendations. The County engaged two of the leading national experts in the area of climate-related workforce development and green jobs to develop a comprehensive and coordinated regional strategy to address the workforce needs resulting from labor market changes related to the Framework. Dr. Carol Zabin (UC Berkeley Labor Center) and Betony Jones (Inclusive Economics) jointly authored this preliminary report that includes: 1) a tools section that documents the local policy tools for workforce and jobs (e.g., community workforce agreements, procurement language for local government contracts), 2) analysis of the local policy tools specifically for the electric, transportation, buildings, and land use sectors to support improved worker and jobs outcomes, and 3) recommendations for a just transition of displaced fossil fuel workers.



The Playbook will be a resource guide that outlines areas for local governments, organizations, and businesses to consider as they move toward zero carbon emissions. As a resource, the Playbook does not mandate what actions to take or implement but provides a portfolio of activities that could be implemented to reach the zero carbon emissions goal of the RDF, while ensuring good green jobs and that equity is upheld in the framework.  

Framework Supplemental Research | Sustainable Food Systems & Agriculture:

To better understand the role of agriculture and food systems in GHG emissions reduction, the County is working with UC San Diego School of Urban Studies and Planning to conduct an analysis and evaluation of policy tools that can be considered to support our regional food system and agricultural community.