Social Equity and Job Creation
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 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.
A natural synergy exists between climate action and social equity. Equity is fundamental for inclusive economic growth and development because our region and economy improves when everyone does better. When a San Diegan with a low or moderate income has better access to affordable transportation or lower utility bills, the money they save can be dedicated to other necessities. Climate Action Plan strategies intended to reduce resource consumption (e.g., energy efficiency measures) can save money for individuals, families and businesses.
The City has taken significant steps to promote equitable distribution of resources in San Diego’s communities. By beginning to monitor and quantify the investments that transcend equity and sustainability, we can find ways to improve upon these efforts.