San Diego’s landmark 2022 Climate Action Plan ( English / Spanish) which takes bold steps toward a more sustainable place to live, work and play -- has been unanimously approved by the City Council and signed into law by Mayor Todd Gloria.
The 2022 CAP establishes a community-wide goal of net zero by 2035, committing San Diego to an accelerated trajectory for greenhouse gas reductions. Achieving net-zero emissions will improve the air we breathe, the communities we live in, and our overall quality of life.
More than 4,000 San Diegans shared their needs, concerns and priorities in the development of this plan. San Diego is leading the way and the City has already begun work, including transitioning all City facilities to San Diego Community Power’s 100% renewable energy service, funding early implementation steps, and partnering with labor organizations to complete a workforce impacts study.
A complete implementation plan will be drafted before the Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposal, and each department responsible for CAP actions will be required to provide annual work plans moving forward to show how they will carry out the plan’s identified strategies.
Discover concrete ways you can get involved in climate action below.
This strategy aims to dramatically avoid greenhouse gas emissions from buildings across the City and to improve our indoor air quality. It includes measures to address emissions from existing buildings and municipal facilities and for new development.
This strategy maintains the City’s commitment to 100% renewable energy and now acknowledges that the pathway to achieve this target is through San Diego Community Power. It also sets more ambitious targets for converting the City’s fleet of vehicles to electric and for the first time aims to increase the number of electric vehicles used by our communities.
This strategy focuses on emissions from transportation, which account for more than half of all greenhouse gas emissions in San Diego. It also includes actions that support mode shift through mobility and land-use actions and policies.
This strategy maintains a 90% waste diversion rate, as well as methane capture from our landfill and wastewater treatment facilities. It also includes actions to increase healthy food access and food recovery.
This strategy will help the City thrive in the face of the impacts of climate change through a greater focus on the greening of our City, starting with our Communities of Concern. It also includes targets for the restoration of salt marshland for sequestration and increasing our local water supply through Pure Water San Diego.
This strategy addresses those greenhouse gas emissions that will remain after all currently identified measures have been achieved. These emissions will need to be addressed to achieve our net-zero goal. The City will continue to identify additional actions, pursue technological innovation, expand partnerships, and support research that reduces GHG emissions in all sectors.
Implementation of the CAP is a large, interdepartmental effort that requires significant collaboration. To ensure that the City meets its goal, the Sustainability and Mobility Department has been working with other departments to put together an Implementation Matrix (linked below). The Implementation Matrix will be expanded into an Implementation Plan that will be brought forward for consideration in early 2023.
Our Climate, Our Future Activity Book
In partnership with the San Diego Public Library, we created an activity book for youth to get inspired about the future of San Diego. Share your creations with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email us at email@example.com to have our team present to your community group. The Sustainability and Mobility Department is offering presentations to community groups who would like to learn about Our Climate, Our Future and provide feedback.
In 2020, we hosted ten forums including one in each council district. Watch the video of our first public forum. In Feb. 2021, we hosted a virtual forum focused on the business community. Watch that recording here.
How Did We Get Here?
The 2022 Climate Action Plan update builds upon the 2015 Climate Action Plan, setting forth aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.