The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG): As part of its regular preparation of the Regional Transportation Plan, SANDAG is required to prepare a “Sustainable Communities Strategy” (SCS) to demonstrate how the region will meet SB375 greenhouse gas reduction targets through integrated land use, housing, and transportation planning. Other SANDAG efforts include:
Regional Energy and Climate Change Program: This SANDAG program “works to find ways for the region to use energy more efficiently, expand choices in transportation fuels and electricity supply, and reduce GHGs attributed to our mobility.” The agency’s current energy and climate change projects include Regional Alternative Fuel Planning, an Energy Roadmap Program for Local Governments, Implementing Energy and Climate Strategies, Airport Vehicle Rebate Program, and Plug-in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Planning.
SANDAG Climate Action Strategy: Created in March 2010, this document serves as a guide to help policymakers address climate change as they make planning decisions. The Strategy identifies “tools in the toolbox” of potential policy measures applicable to the regional, local, and neighborhood level.
The San Diego Foundation: The San Diego Foundation’s mission is to “improve the quality of life in all our communities by providing leadership for effective philanthropy that builds enduring assets and by promoting community solutions through research, convenings and actions that advance the common good.” This includes a number of climate-related initiatives and major reports:
San Diego Center for Civic Engagement: Via the Climate Initiative, the Center for Civic Engagement works to educate and support all San Diego region communities in implementing action plans to address climate change through research, strategic investments, and collaborations with community leaders and policymakers. The intended result will yield cleaner air, water, and a healthier region overall.
Climate Action Planning Progress in the San Diego Region (rev 01/2013): This report is an assessment of local climate action planning in the San Diego region. It measures progress of local governments to plan for climate change, both to reduce GHG and prepare for the local impacts of climate change, by comparing action to accepted milestones of climate action planning.
San Diego's Changing Climate - A Regional Wake-Up Call: The San Diego Foundation’s Regional Focus 2050 Study explores what the San Diego region will be like in the year 2050 if current trends continue. The range of impacts presented in the Focus 2050 Study are based on projections of climate change on the San Diego region using three climate models and two emissions scenarios drawn from those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
San Diego Climate Collaborative: Launched in 2012, the Climate Collaborative is a regional forum for public agencies to share expertise, leverage resources, and partner with private institutions to facilitate climate action planning and projects. The SDF is a member and convener of this collaborative.
Climate Education Partners (CEP): The CEP is a collaboration of educators, scientists, researchers, communications professionals, and community leaders. In 2012, CEP was one of six projects nationally to be awarded funding from the National Science Foundation. The project will implement a five-year education process to increase understanding of climate change in the San Diego region. The SDF is one of six organizations in CEP, which is led by the University of San Diego. Recent research findings and reports include 2011 and 2012 Public Opinion and Knowledge Survey Results, and the 2013 Focus Groups with San Diego Regional Leaders Report.
Other Regional Agencies: Climate Action Plans, adaptation plans, or greenhouse gas emission reduction projects have been adopted or implemented by several regional agencies, including the Port of San Diego, San Diego Water Authority, San Diego Regional Airport Authority, and the Tijuana Estuary National Estuarine Research Reserve.