January 23, 2017


Starting in January 2015 and not missing a beat since, CAC has generated a groundswell of critical support for climate action, leading to policy wins and broad community engagement in San Diego and beyond.

Check out our 2015 Year in Review and our 2016 Year in Review. 

2016 Year In Review

Download our 2016 Annual Report.


Policy Wins

  • Two 100% clean energy climate plans unanimously adopted in the cities of San Diego and Del Mar. Both plans cut citywide carbon emissions in half by 2035.
  • San Diego Downtown Mobility Plan unanimously adopted, committing to a game-changing network of bicycling and pedestrian paths.
  • Density Bonus for affordable housing near transit unanimously adopted.
  • Community Plans: San Diego committed to develop a citywide strategy for bringing community plans (the blueprints that decide the land use, density, and transportation of neighborhoods) into compliance with the Climate Action Plan.
  • Encinitas, La Mesa, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Lemon Grove, County of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District developing Climate Action Plans with CAC input.
  • CAC staff appointed to climate action commissions in the cities of San Diego and Solana Beach.
  • Community Choice Energy being considered in the City and County of San Diego, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Oceanside, Encinitas, and others.

Education, Empowerment, and Public Communication Wins

  • Issued 1st Annual Countywide Climate Action Plan Report Card 
  • Issued “A New Climate for Transportation” Co-Authored with Circulate San Diego
  • 2,500 engaged Climate Action Campaign supporters, including 288 unique donors and 25 business members.
  • 230 media stories featuring Climate Action Campaign, including national-level coverage in the New York Times, NPR Morning Edition, Fortune Magazine, Scientific American, the Guardian, ClimateWire from E&E News, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Cleveland.Com, the San Diego Union Tribune, and many local news outlets.
  • 20+ rallies and press conferences
  • 120+ community presentations and trainings

Coalitions and Organizing Wins

  • Quality of Life Coalition: Alongside 23 other environmental, social justice, and labor organizations, we work fo effective and equitable public and active regional transportation solutions, mode share performance standards, and job quality provisions through project labor agreements.
  • Housing You Matters Coalition: CAC is working alongside nontraditional partners to move new regulations for urban infill and affordable housing. Nicole Capretz sits on the Executive Committee.
  • San Diego Climate Coalition: CAC coordinates a coalition environmental and social justice nonprofit organizations, private-sector businesses, and public institutions who engage in climate, energy, and transportation advocacy throughout San Diego County.
  • Orange County: In 2016, CAC began working in Orange County, in the cities of Santa Ana and Irvine, at the request of local government officials, climate advocates, and environmental justice organizations, providing trainings and input on local climate policies.

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