City of Del Mar Unanimously Adopts 100% Clean Energy Climate Plan

June 6, 2016
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Kayla Race, Climate Action Campaign, 619-419-1222

City of Del Mar Unanimously Adopts 100% Clean Energy Climate Plan; Continues San Diego County’s National Climate Leadership
Del Mar becomes second city in San Diego County to commit to 100% clean energy, explore community choice energy, and slash carbon footprint in half by 2035

DEL MAR, June 6, 2016— Further positioning the San Diego region as a national trailblazer on climate action, Del Mar became the second city in San Diego County to unanimously adopt a Climate Action Plan that commits to cut carbon emission in half, achieve 100% clean energy and explore a Community Choice Energy program. Del Mar’s plan follows the lead of the City of San Diego, which adopted a similar plan in December 2015 and is the largest city in the U.S. to make such a commitment.

“We’re excited Del Mar is joining the City of San Diego in leading our region’s efforts to stop climate change and power our lives with 100% clean energy,” said Nicole Capretz, Executive Director of Climate Action Campaign. “Protecting our children and our future from the devastating impacts of climate change requires leadership, coordinated action, and leveraging resources throughout our entire region.”

Councilmember Don Mosier, who was one of two Council liaisons to the City’s Sustainability Advisory Board and one of the unanimous votes in favor of the plan, agrees: “The goal of the Del Mar Climate Action Plan is to ensure a safe, healthy, vibrant future for our citizens, their children, and their grandchildren. Our City recognizes that our current way of life is changing our community, our region, and the world, so our CAP lays out a roadmap to reduce those impacts through a combination of local and state-mandated measures. This is a regional effort, and a little town like Del Mar can’t do it alone.”

Del Mar, a coastal city, faces the unique risks of crumbling cliffs, permanent loss of beach areas and private homes, impacts to emergency and basic city services and potential loss of the Del Mar Fairgrounds as a result of major flooding due to rising sea levels. The City’s Climate Action Plan aims to reduce the causes and impacts of climate change by committing to the following by 2035:

  • Cut citywide greenhouse gas emissions in half
  • Power 100% of Del Mar with clean energy and explore a Community Choice Energy program
  • Achieve 8% of commutes by mass transit and 10% by walking
  • Double the miles of bike lanes (to 2.1 miles of bike lane per square mile)
  • Use electric vehicles for 30% of vehicle miles travelled
  • Increase the use of telecommuting, alternative work schedules, and vanpools
  • Triple the tree canopy to cover 30% of Del Mar

“As a former member of Del Mar’s Sustainability Advisory Board and as a physician for over 25 years, I’m proud our city is taking this bold and necessary action to tackle climate change, which poses grave health risks ranging from heart and lung problems worsened by heat waves, fire, and air pollution; to food and water shortages, injuries, stress, and deaths from severe weather,” said Dr. Bruce Bekkar, MD. “Prevention is the best, most cost-effective, and humane ‘medicine’. Del Mar made a smart decision for the health of its residents today.”

Del Mar’s climate plan goes beyond California state law that mandates utility companies use 50% clean energy by the 2030. Del Mar now joins such cities as the San Diego, Aspen, CO, Burlington, VT, Kreensburg, KS and Kodiak Island, AK as well as the state of Hawaii in committing to achieve 100% clean energy.

Groups at the hearing supporting the plan included Climate Action Campaign, STAY COOL for Grandkids, the League of Women Voters of San Diego, SanDiego350, Borrego Solar, Sullivan Solar Power, Renovate America, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and the Sierra Club. Read their support letters here.

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Climate Action Campaign is a climate watchdog organization with a simple mission: stop climate change and protect our quality of life. For more information, please visit www.climateactioncampaign.org

Download a PDF of our Press Release for Del Mar’s CAP Vote 6/6/16.