How San Diego Is Going 100% Renewable, And How Your City Can Too

By path2positive

San Diego is California’s second largest city, and when officials there take action, others follow. This is why the city’s recently announced climate action plan is so important. The new policies include a commitment to 100% renewables by 2035, and sharp decreases in greenhouse emissions by half over that same time period.

Under the leadership of Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and the City Council, officials in the city are showing that climate action can be a bipartisan winner. And the effort is much greater, and includes a far more diverse group of actors than just policymakers. The city brought together stakeholders from community planning groups, environmental health organizations, unions and labor groups, environmental groups, and even the chamber of commerce. What’s more, the climate action plan has the broad support of residents throughout the city.

The benefits and importance of climate action are becoming clear to all sectors—including business, government, utilities, and communities. Now, more than ever, climate leaders are needed to push their cities to adopt aggressive climate action plans like those now underway in San Diego. To find out more about acting on climate in your community, check out the great resources and join Path to Positive Communities!


How San Diego Won 100% Renewables: An interview with Nicole Capretz

Climate Resolve | February 2016

On December 15, the City of San Diego announced its remarkable new Climate Action Plan, committing the city to 100% renewable power by the year 2035, and, by the same year, slashing its carbon emissions by half.

Even more astonishing, Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer proposed it and the Council voted unanimously to make their climate plan legally binding. In other words, there's legal accountability should San Diego fail to reach their targets.

So how did America's 8th largest city enact this visionary plan?

To find answers, I called Nicole Capretz, the brilliant organizer behind the new policy.

This is what I learned.

Read More

Subscribe

Stay connected and get updates from Path to Positive.

Subscribe

You May Also Like

November 4, 2020

Like many people in America, I woke up today to the reality that we do not have a decisive presidential outcome from yesterday’s election. This...

Read More

October 8, 2020

Our Path to Positive Partner, Utah Clean Energy, had exciting news this week – the signing of a new Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact....

Read More

September 3, 2020

Guest blog by Climate Ambassador Nakisa Glover, of SolNation: Environmental Justice is Racial Justice and there is an extensive history of environmental racism connecting the...

Read More
positive-white

 

Path to Positive is a program of ecoAmerica

 

© ecoAmerica 2006 – 2020 The contents of this website may be shared and used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives 4.0 International License.