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Review the Draft Climate Resilient SD Plan

The draft Climate Resilient SD plan is now available for public review, and we need YOUR input as we work to prepare a final plan that will best serve you and your community. We want to know YOUR ideas on how we can improve the lives of the people of our City as we invest in strategies to adapt to climate change. This is a draft plan, which means that this is a first draft of a plan to prepare for climate resiliency for San Diego, and that your feedback at this stage is critical - it is an evolving plan and your input will shape the final plan prior to its adoption.

Please provide any comments or input you have on the draft plan by exploring and commenting on our interactive plan documents at SDClimateResilience.konveio.com.

City of San Diego Planning Department staff will also be hosting a virtual workshop on October 19th to introduce the Climate Resilient SD plan to the public and listen to your feedback. If you are interested in attending and learning more about Climate Resilient SD, please register for the workshop using this Zoom link.

You can also share your comments on the PDF icon draft Climate Resilient SD plan by emailing JTMoore@sandiego.gov.

In accordance with Senate Bill 379, the Climate Resilient SD Plan will also include an amendment to the City's General Plan Public Facilities, Services, and Safety Element. The proposed edits are available in strikethrough/underline format PDF icon here.

Why Climate Resilient SD?

car driving through water

The City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan leads in efforts to create a more sustainable future through programs and policies to reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Even with these efforts, climate change is a visible issue with impacts felt in every community. San Diego is already experiencing more frequent and intense heatwaves, increased wildfire risk, and more unpredictable and intense rain events.

Families learning about firesThese hazards impact San Diegans and our economy, infrastructure, and natural environment. Climate Resilient SD is a comprehensive plan to prepare for, respond to and recover from climate change-related impacts. The City of San Diego is working collaboratively with community members and stakeholders to develop Climate Resilient SD.

girl drinking waterTogether, we can thrive in a changing climate while improving social equity, health, safety and the environment for everyone.

Climate Resilient SD

Climate Resilient SD will be the City’s comprehensive climate adaptation and resiliency plan, which will increase our ability to adapt, recover and thrive in a changing climate.

What are the potential adaptation strategies?

Learn more about potential adaptation strategies to address sea level rise, extreme heat, wildfire and flooding by viewing the engagement tools:

Potential Adaptation Strategies (English)

Potential Adaptation Strategies (Spanish)

Potential Adaptation Strategies (Tagalog)

Potential Adaptation Strategies (Vietnamese)

Potential Adaptation Strategies (Chinese)

On Monday, April 19, City staff held a virtual workshop so the public could learn more about the plan and share their ideas on how we can flourish as our climate changes. Watch the recording of the meeting:

How can you prepare for wildfires?

Fire season in California is year-round. Wildfires are unplanned fires that burn in natural areas like forests, grasslands or canyons. These dangerous fires spread quickly and can devastate open space areas as well as communities. Wildfires can be dangerous, so it is important to be prepared. Children, older adults and people with chronic health conditions are especially vulnerable to the effects of wildfires. Wildfire preparedness is key to protecting yourself, your community and your property from the damages of fire. Check out some of the resources below so that you can be ready and stay fire safe!

Here are some resources to help you prepare:

For more information on preparing for wildfires:

For information on wildfire smoke health risks:

Tracking fires in California:

How can you prepare for extreme heat events?

Extreme heat is when the weather is much hotter than usual, and sometimes more humid. In San Diego, extreme heat days currently occur when the temperature is above 93.1 degrees. These days are projected to become hotter and more frequent in the future.

Extreme heat can be dangerous, so it is important to be prepared. Children, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are especially vulnerable to the effects of extreme heat.

Here are a few steps you can take to prepare before an extreme heat event:Cool Zone

  1. Learn how to recognize the signs of heat illness.
  2. Each spring, check that your household’s fans, air conditioners or other cooling equipment are in good working order.
  3. Cover your window with drapes or shades.
  4. Identify places in your community where you can go to get cool, such as the nearest Cool Zone or shopping mall.

Stay safe during an extreme heat event: girl drinking water

  1. Minimize direct exposure to the sun, and avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors, if possible.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Avoid beverages with caffeine, sugar or alcohol.
  3. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes. If you are outside, find shade, and wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  4. Watch for signs of heat illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  5. Check the local news for health and safety updates.
  6. Check on family members, seniors and neighbors, and consider pet safety. If pets are outside, make sure they have plenty of cool water and access to shade.
  7. Take a cool shower or bath to help cool off.
  8. Use your own fans or air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned places.
  9. Use your oven less to help reduce the temperature in your home. Instead, eat light, cool and easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
  10. Take a cool shower or bath to help cool off.

For more information on preparing for hot days:

What is the difference between mitigation, adaptation, and resilience?

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Climate Mitigation (City’s Climate Action Plan) vs Climate Adaptation (City’s Climate Resilient SD).  Image from the CalOES 2012 Adaptation Planning Guide.

Mitigation focuses on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to avoid the worst potential impacts of climate change.

Adaptation focuses on reducing impacts from climate change-related hazards.

Resilience enhances the ability to bounce back from a disruptive event.


Vulnerability Assessments

Citywide Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

The Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment was a key step towards completing Climate Resilient SD. Backed by the best available science and informed by a diverse Stakeholder Advisory Group, the Vulnerability Assessment identified and evaluated which City assets are vulnerable to climate change and the potential consequences that could occur. A high level overview of the findings is presented in the PDF icon brochure. Read the PDF icon full report.

Kid’s drawings from Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment outreach.
Kid’s drawings from Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment outreach.

Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

The City of San Diego has long recognized the need to address the risks from sea level rise, storm surge, and coastal erosion. To better understand these risks, the City conducted a sea level rise vulnerability assessment with funding from a California Coastal Commission Local Coastal Program Local Assistance Grant. This vulnerability assessment is a technical report that presents key findings from the assessment of exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity of critical built, natural, and cultural assets to coastal hazards.

State Lands Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment

Pursuant to Assembly Bill No. 691 (AB 691), and as a local trustee of the granted public trust lands, the City completed a state granted lands sea-level rise vulnerability assessment, evaluating the impacts of sea-level rise on its public trust lands and detailing a plan to address vulnerabilities and mitigate impacts. The assessment considers the recommendations under the California Ocean Protection Council’s State Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance and the California Coastal Commission’s Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance to assess impacts of storms and extreme weather events, changing shorelines, trends in relative local sea level, and impacts to public trust resources and values. Through this assessment, the City identified the vulnerabilities of City assets and public trust resources and facilities, considered replacement or repair costs, and assessed the impact to non-market values, such as ecosystem services, for the years 2030, 2050, and 2100. To address these vulnerabilities, the City, with input from local stakeholders, compiled a list of potential adaptation and mitigation measures, organized by climate change hazard. These measures included with estimated costs, associated benefits, and timeframes for implementation.

How Else Can I Learn About Climate Resilient SD?

​Do you need more information on Climate Resilient SD? Do you have any questions you need answered? Do you have ideas on how we can better inform you and your community, and gain additional input from the public? Please contact us at JTMoore@sandiego.gov so we can connect!