February 20, 2019

2018 Climate Action Plan Report Card

(from left to right) Diana Frias, Denisse Lopez, and Edward Alvarez are members of the Improving Transportation in City Heights (ITCH) momentum team with the Mid-City Community Advocacy Network.

What is the Report Card?
The Report Card is a tool to help cities and their leaders take bold action on climate by sharing best practices, comparing Climate Action Plans, acknowledging achievements, and identifying shortcomings. In the past, we've been pleased to see the Report Card used by cities, elected officials, and community members to improve action, and we hope you will use the 3rd Edition Report Card to champion bold climate action for your community. Below are the CAP scores for the region, our key findings, and recommendations for improving climate action going forward:
 
Key Findings
The Good:
The Region Is Making Genuine Efforts To Move On Climate.
  • Regional collaboration on Community Choice Energy is leading to a new energy paradigm of local control and a clear path to 100% clean energy.
  • Communities are talking about the important connections between transportation, affordable housing, jobs, social equity, and climate.
  • New elected officials are committed to bold action on climate.
The Bad:
Climate Is Still Not Top Priority For Cities.
  • We need real transportation choices that are affordable, safe, and efficient, and connect people to jobs and affordable homes.
  • We need meaningful participation and prioritization of communities-of-concern in planning and implementing climate solutions.
  • We need analysis of the climate change impacts of every city decision as a standard practice, so that meeting state and local climate targets becomes the shared responsibility of all city staff and decision-makers.
The Ugly:
The County CAP Jeopardizes Regional Progress.
  • The County of San Diego's fundamentally flawed CAP, based on sprawl and pay-to-pollute schemes, is threatening all progress in the region, and could set a dangerous precedent for the state.
  • Communities are talking about the important connections between transportation, affordable housing, jobs, social equity, and climate.
  • New elected officials are committed to bold action on climate.

Individual City Efforts Are Not Enough, We Need A San Diego Green New Deal

 

We need a big, bold, regional vision that comprehensively addresses the threat of climate change and centers communities who are on the frontlines of climate change and environmental pollution.

While our CAPs are a critical tools for fighting climate change, they are not enough to meet our climate targets and secure a safe and livable future. To collectively meet our local, regional, and state targets, we need a bold vision that aligns efforts and maximizes resources.

That is why we we have announced an ambitious new initiate - A San Diego Green New Deal. Similar to the Green New Deal Resolution pending in Congress, this plan would commit us to creating catalytic change here in our own backyard through investments in infrastructure and industry that fight climate crisis and build a just society with an economy works for all.

In the months to come, we will be convening a wide cross-section of community members and leaders in the region to work out the details of how we can actually make this work. We hope you will join us!

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