Our Climate, Our Future
Our Climate, Our Future is the City of San Diego's comprehensive approach to climate action. The evolving plans and programs under Our Climate, Our Future will allow us to equitably achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions Citywide by 2035 while benefiting residents through new economic opportunities, improving both natural and urban spaces and protecting vulnerable communities from climate threats like extreme heat, wildfires and sea level rise.
Click around the image below to learn how Our Climate, Our Future will create a healthier, happier and more vibrant City for all of us.
The City of San Diego has set a goal to bring all municipally owned and operated facilities to zero emissions by 2035. Our libraries, senior centers, recreation centers, fire stations, police stations and more will all be retrofitted with clean and renewable energy technologies.
Cool Zones can provide relief during extreme heat events. Through Our Climate, Our Future, the City is looking to expand access to Cool Zones and other resources that can provide San Diego's residents with relief from the heat.
Natural Habitat and Biodiversity
There are more than 150 urban canyons throughout San Diego that provide both conservation and recreational opportunities. Through Our Climate, Our Future, the City is looking to protect and restore them for future generations.
The City of San Diego is committed to increasing the number of trees in the City's urban forest. This will help the City become more resilient to extreme heat, meet the goals of the Climate Action Plan and provide public spaces for all to enjoy.
Access to Safe Routes for Bikes and Walking
The City is working to make it as easy to ride your bike around town as it is to drive your car. This will help reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality.
Local Resource Independence
Renewable microgrids allow buildings to operate during power outages using renewable energy generated and stored onsite. This advanced energy solution helps reduce stress on the electric grid and can reduce energy costs for customers.
Solar power helps reduce costs for residents and businesses and will help the City achieve 100% renewable energy by 2030.
Traveling by transit allows you to relax and let someone else do the driving. It also helps the City achieve its climate goals of reducing transportation emissions associated with car travel.
Reduced Island Heat Effect
Adding greenery to a roof makes these spaces healthier and more enjoyable, provides relief from extreme heat and reduces energy costs.
Bioswales and other types of green infrastructure not only provide natural settings for us to enjoy but also prepares us for flooding.
Carpooling or finding other ways to reduce the number of vehicle trips you take provides you with opportunities to connect with your neighbors, while also helping the City achieve its climate goals of reducing travel by single-occupant cars.
Switching to an electric vehicle instead of a gas-powered vehicle is one way to help fight climate change.
Electric transit helps improve air quality and gets people around safely and efficiently.
A living shoreline can provide benefits such as carbon sequestration, a habitat for plants and animals and is an example of a nature-based solution to protect coastal areas from sea level rise, coastal flooding and erosion.
Floodable waterfront parks provide recreational opportunities for residents and visitors while also reducing impacts from coastal flooding.
Trees and other shaded structures provide cool areas for relief from the heat while also increasing opportunities to play in our parks.
Organic waste recycling and edible food recovery play a vital role in tackling the climate crisis. Recycling organic waste like food scraps and yard trimmings into compost reduces greenhouse gas emissions while edible food recovery helps feed food-insecure members of our community. Read more about the Organic Recycling Program
When the City of San Diego released the landmark Climate Action Plan in 2015, it included a commitment to update the plan in five years. We’re proud to announce the updated Climate Action Plan will be a major step forward for San Diego. Local efforts will be aligned with national and global emissions reduction goals to deliver a better future for all - elevating equity, quality of life and economic opportunity. Read more about the Climate Action Plan
Climate Resilient SD is a plan to prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change, including extreme heat, wildfires, flooding, drought and sea level rise. This plan lays the foundation for a greener, healthier and more prepared and enjoyable city, with a focus on frontline communities that will bear the largest burden of extreme weather in San Diego. Read more about Climate Resilient SD
The City of San Diego’s municipal building portfolio and vehicle fleet present significant opportunities to lead by example, create high quality local jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants from City operations. Read more about the Municipal Energy Strategy
To address equity and environmental justice in the City of San Diego’s climate actions, the City developed a first-of-its-kind Climate Equity Index (CEI) through a community-driven process with local nonprofits and community-based organizations. The CEI measures relative access to opportunity and environmental, economic and health conditions among San Diego communities. The City also created a Climate Equity Fund that is dedicated to climate investments in Communities of Concern as designated by the CEI. Read more about Climate Equity
The City continues to work on a number of other initiatives that will benefit our climate and the future of our residents. Learn more about them: