San Diego Releases Plan to Address Climate Change

The City of San Diego recently released its climate change plan. The main goal of the city is to reduce the level of recorded emissions in 2010 by 20 percent by the year 2020. The city aims to have them reduced by half by 2035.

“San Diego has the opportunity to implement an aggressive plan that safeguards and preserves our environment,” said city council committee member Todd Gloria in a news item.

San Diego’s strategic plan is geared towards construction of buildings with higher energy and water efficiency, use of clean and renewable energy, promotion of environmentally friendly modes of transportation, reduction of waste, and climate disaster preparedness.

As part of its commitment, San Diego is looking to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. In the same target year, the city is also eyeing a 25 percent reduction in energy use of municipal facilities, and solid waste diversion by 90 percent.

The main objective of San Diego is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, one of its biggest projects that could potentially create a significant impact is the Miramar Landfill. The city plans to recycle waste and capture gases using the site. Another angle that the council is looking at is the increased use of mass transit for the city, which should bring down carbon dioxide output by more than 213,000 metric tons by 2035.

Personally, we hope that solar energy plays a big role in the city’s plans.

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