Climate Action Plan

Project Overview & Status

On June 6, 2016, the Del Mar City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP), which sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 2035; identifies strategies to meet the targets; formulates a plan for implementation; and discusses ways the City needs to adapt to the effects of climate change already occurring or anticipated to occur, such as sea level rise and water supply shortages. The CAP aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2020, and 50% by 2035. The CAP also includes a renewable energy goal of 50% by 2020, and 100% by 2035.

The Sustainability Advisory Board has identified five priority areas for phase one of the CAP Implementation Plan based on the measures which seem to have the greatest potential greenhouse gas reduction:

  • Pursuing increased use of renewable energy sources, including exploration of community choice aggregation;
  • Facilitating the planning and building application process for installation of photovoltaic panels and energy efficiency retrofits;
  • Developing a zero-waste program/policy;
  • Implementing a “complete streets” policy for arterial streets to encourage nonmotorized
  • Implementing an urban tree planting program for carbon sequestration.

The City Council-appointed Sustainability Advisory Board oversaw development of the CAP. For information on SAB meeting dates and agendas, please visit the Sustainability Advisory Board page on this site.

For more information, please email Clem Brown, Environmental Sustainability/Special Projects Manager.

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