To address environmental justice and social equity, the City of San Diego recognizes these two concepts are incorporated in the term “climate equity”.
San Diego’s Climate Equity Index was developed in 2019 to measure the level of access to opportunity residents have within a census tract, and assess the degree of potential impact from climate change to these areas.
The City established the informal Equity Stakeholder Working Group to provide feedback and guidance on the development of the CEI. From their feedback, the City recognizes that areas with very low and low access to opportunity face the largest barriers and should be prioritized. Staff recommends designating these census tracts as Communities of Concern.
Working with community-based organizations, the City has defined climate equity as efforts addressing historical inequities suffered by people of color, allowing everyone to fairly share the same benefits and burdens from climate solutions and attain full and equal access to opportunities regardless of one’s background and identity.
Tackling climate change has created an opportunity for San Diego to do well for our environment while also boosting our economy. Strategies of the Climate Action Plan (CAP) are intended to promote job creation through capital improvements and corresponding research, development and innovation. These jobs are primarily in high-growth “green job” or “clean tech” with corresponding well-paying wages.
In 2018, job growth in the five CAP-related industry groups continued to rise. Nearly four out of five new jobs are in the Energy and Water Efficient Buildings industry. San Diego’s jobs in these industry groups grew 17.6% from 2010 to 2018.