Returning To Our Roots: The City of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Update
In 2015, Climate Action Campaign was founded to push the City of San Diego’s landmark Climate Action Plan (CAP) across the finish line...
We must design our communities so that people can walk and bike to places where they live, work and play. This is good for climate, health, equity, and clean air.
> Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the San Diego region. Due to a history of building sprawl, we are heavily reliant on cars, but we can change that.
> We must create safe infrastructure for biking and walking. More San Diegans will feel encouraged to to walk, bike, and roll their way around our city if our streets are properly designed to serve the needs and safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
> Everyone deserves housing that is affordable and close to life’s essentials, like good schools, jobs, grocery stores, and parks. By building affordable housing close to great amenities, all San Diego residents can have easy, healthy access to them by simply walking or biking.
Designing Our Streets for Biking and Walking
In 2015 we helped the City of San Diego adopt a Climate Action Plan that commits to 50% of urban residents biking, walking, and taking transit by 2035. We can only achieve that bold commitment with expansive networks of protected bike lanes and walkways. Building affordable, dense housing close to these healthy transportation options is one excellent way to ensure people will use them.
Affordable Housing Near Jobs and Transit
Affordable housing that is built near jobs and transit hubs can help address long-standing systemic social issues. It helps alleviate environmental, health, and economic disparities in low-income and communities of color while stopping the climate crisis. We wholeheartedly support affordable housing in cities to reduce transportation emissions, prioritize social equity, and improve quality of life for all.
Building Up, Not Out
We fight against sprawl that increases car-dependence, destroys native habitats, and puts lives at risk from frequent wildfires. We need policies that conserve our open spaces and promote dense, mixed-use neighborhoods so that all San Diego residents can afford to live close to where they work, shop, and play. With compact design—building vertically and not out—we can make more efficient use of already-developed land.