October 25, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SDUSD Becomes First School District in County To Adopt Climate Action Plan
Joins Regionwide Commitment to 100% Clean Energy and Community Choice Energy;
Survey Confirms Parents & Teachers Want Climate Action
SAN DIEGO, October 25, 2017 – Accolades are in order for San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), the first school district in San Diego County to adopt a Climate Action Plan. The District’s Climate Action Plan aims to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. SDUSD joins the cities of San Diego, Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Chula Vista in committing to that goal, and cements our region as a national leader in driving a 100 percent clean energy future.
The Board also passed a resolution to support the adoption and implementation of Community Choice Energy (CCE) in the City of San Diego to achieve its clean energy target. SDUSD sees Community Choice Energy as important to not only reach their 100% clean electricity target, but also to reduce or stabilize rates, achieve social equity by reinvesting revenue back into communities of concern, and help facilitate more local solar and local union jobs.
“We’re thrilled to see SDUSD become the first school district in our County, maybe the nation, to commit to 100% clean energy and join the regional effort to stop climate change and protect the future of children,” said Nicole Capretz, Executive Director of Climate Action Campaign. “We are making big strides throughout the county for 100 percent clean energy and we’re counting on the other school districts in our county, state and even nation to follow in SDUSD’s footsteps. There is too much at stake not to take bold and immediate action now.“
A survey conducted during the development of SDUSD’s Climate Action Plan confirmed that over 70 percent of parents and employees believe it’s important for the school to take action in response to climate change. Partly in response to the survey data, SDUSD included increasing alternative transportation modes for school commutes — which has the dual benefits of both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing public health and quality of life for teachers, parents and students. It also helps set new transportation habits for the next generation.
Board of Trustees President Richard Barrera stressed the urgency of adopting comprehensive clean energy policy solutions such as Climate Action Plans and Community Choice Energy. “Our kids will create an amazing world if we support them now,” said Barrera.
SDUSD is the fifth entity in the region to commit to 100 percent renewable energy and diversification of transportation modes, and possibly the first school district in the nation to adopt a 100% clean energy Climate Action Plan.
Climate Action Campaign is the region’s leading climate watchdog organization with a simple mission: stop climate change and protect our quality of life with 100% clean energy. For more information, please visit www.climateactioncampaign.org.
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