KPBS: SAN DIEGO REGION GETS MIXED GRADES ON CLIMATE

March 10 – KPBS – Jade Hindmon and John Carroll report – Every year, the San Diego based non-profit Climate Action Campaign issues a report card measuring how the San Diego region is doing in addressing climate change.

Tuesday’s report scored 18 cities and the San Diego County on climate plans with mixed results.

San Diego, Encinitas and La Mesa earned silver awards, while Solana Beach, Del Mar, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and Carlsbad earned bronze for their implementation of climate solutions.

This year, no gold awards were given. The campaign said that’s because not nearly enough progress is being made getting people out of their cars.

The report found that while some cities made strides toward achieving 100% clean energy, any gains are overshadowed by the largest source of emissions in the region — transportation. Cities have struggled with progress on zero-waste initiatives and shade trees.

But there were bright spots, especially around the issue of clean energy.

Maleeka Marsden from the Climate Action Campaign joined Midday Edition Tuesday to celebrate the successes in the fight against climate change and the work that still needs to be done.

To listen to the audio from Maleeka’s interview, click here.