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The Power of Collective Change is a force to be reckoned with. Much like the butterfly effect, our combined efforts ripple across communities, regions, and beyond, leaving lasting change.

Here at Climate Action Campaign, we are not just harnessing this collective force; we’re embarking on a transformative journey to create a world where every step forward and every effort—when combined and amplified—paves the way for a safer and healthier clean energy future right here in Southern California. 

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Driving Change in San Diego County

San Diego

Switch on Success: Igniting a Brighter Future for Schools

In 2023, our push for safe and healthy schools gained traction, focusing on addressing indoor air pollution and methane gas threats. We successfully championed all-electric resolutions in San Diego Unified School District and Sweetwater Union High School District, marking TWO historic wins. 

 
Now, with two districts embracing an all-electric future, let's amplify our impact and advocate for replication across Southern California districts!

Tapping into Historic Funding Opportunities

Funding Under-Resourced Cities

This year, we partnered with CivicWell and The San Diego Foundation to launch a grant matchmaking pilot program to help smaller, under-resourced cities apply for and secure historic climate funding to invest in the health and well-being of our communities. 

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NEXUS

We had another successful annual climate conference, NEXUS, alongside over 150 advocates, policymakers, leaders, and community members. The message of NEXUS was clear: this is our moment to work together and secure unprecedented investments for our communities. Panelists emphasized that regional collaboration is needed to maximize these funds and offered pathways to address the climate crisis across sectors.

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Connecting Community Projects with State and Federal Funding 

We partnered with communities throughout San Diego County to enhance community involvement with the County’s Regional Decarbonization Framework and gather input for climate action plans, programs, projects, and policies.

Tackling the demand for more centralized information on funding sources, we coalesced the list of projects communities identified and worked to connect them with state and federal funding opportunities for a more equitable and sustainable San Diego.

RDF Impact By Numbers

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number of organizations who gave feedback 

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submitted surveys

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classes at which we gave presentations

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number of individuals who gave feedback 

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community events attended across San Diego County

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universities at which we were invited to present

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OCEANSIDE

SAN MARCOS

VISTA

CARLSBAD

ESCONDIDO

BORREGO SPRINGS

cities reached

ENCINITAS

DEL MAR

SAN DIEGO

RAMONA

LAKESIDE

EL CAJON

JULIAN

VIEJAS RESERVATION

JAMUL

NATIONAL CITY

SAN YSIDRO

CHULA VISTA

IMPERIAL BEACH

BOULEVARD

JACUMBA

POTRERO

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SD Green New Deal Alliance

Last year, the SD Green New Deal Alliance played a vital role in successfully advocating for the expansion of a 2022 pilot program for Youth Opportunity Passes, a program spearheaded by member organization Mid-City CAN. This program grants youth 18 and under free, unlimited access to transit. With this program, the data shows we are seeing increased transit riders, increased access to school, work, and career opportunities, and reduced gas emissions. In the upcoming year, the alliance will continue to push for accessible and affordable transit opportunities.

Building Momentum in Orange County

OC CAP Report Card

Climate Action Plans

We launched the first-ever Orange County Climate Action Plan (CAP) Report Card. Extending our successful track record from San Diego, this groundbreaking report empowers communities with high-level insights and holds local governments accountable, showcasing significant progress in climate action and offering key recommendations for an equitable and sustainable future.

The release of our report card led to action. Six cities have now committed to developing a CAP or strengthening their outdated CAP in this upcoming year.  These cities are developing or strengthening a CAP: Santa Ana, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Buena Park, and San Clemente.
 

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LA HABRA

FULLERTON

BUENA PARK

Cities with a CAP

Cities strengthening a CAP

Cities developing a CAP

IRVINE

HUNTINGTON BEACH

SANTA ANA

COSTA MESA

LAGUNA BEACH

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REPORT CARD SCORES

We graded Orange County cities on their Climate Action Plans. Here are their scores

19%

Laguna Beach

27.25%

Fullerton

24.25%

La Habra

24.75%

San Clemente

26.25%

Santa Ana

Orange County
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