Our Programs

Building Climate Resiliency in San Diego

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Regional Planning that Builds Resilience

The San Diego Region is serious about climate action planning. 17 out of 18 cities in the region already have or are working on climate action plans that work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Collaborative is focused on advancing climate planning efforts that incorporate equity and integrate principles of adaptation.


San Diego Regional Energy Partnership (SDREP)

On-road transportation and energy use from electricity and natural gas, accounts for nearly 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the San Diego region. By working together, we are improving the efficiency of homes, government and business operations to help San Diego reduce carbon emissions, save money, improve indoor air quality, and conserve limited natural resources.

This program is led by San Diego Gas & Electric, the City of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista, the County of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, and the San Diego Association of Governments.

SDREP Activities include: Developing regional capacity for addressing EE, providing network meeting and training opportunities throughout the region, and increasing the visibility of and supporting regional leadership to advance EE

Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation can be defined as the adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities. In July 2018, SANDAG was awarded funding from the Caltrans SB 1 Adaptation Planning Grant Program, with SDRCC as a sub-recipient. The funds were allocated to prepare a Regional Adaptation Needs Assessment to increase understanding of adaptation planning needs and opportunities and advance coordination across adaptation projects throughout the San Diego region. 

In May 2019, SANDAG was awarded additional funding through the Caltrans SB 1 Adaptation Planning Grant Program, with SDRCC as a sub-recipient. While the Regional Adaptation Needs Assessment identified information gaps regarding existing risks and adaptation needs, this project will provide tangible guidance on how to address these identified risks and needs by holistically implementing projects that link mitigation, adaptation, and broader community benefits. An implementation toolkit, economic guidance document, and equity prioritization document will be developed to help local planners with this complex decision-making; SDRCC will support the development of the economic guidance document and equity prioritization document.

Climate Adaptation Activities Include: Hosting monthly meetings with our Adaptation and Policy Working Group, staying engaged with the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA), providing technical support for local and regional adaptation planning efforts. 

Climate-Smart Water

Climate change means increased stress to regional water supplies. The Climate Collaborative is working to develop partnerships between water managers, scientists, and public works professionals to advance climate-smart stormwater projects as a resilience and community improvement strategy.

The Climate Collaborative has worked in partnership with the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, The California-Nevada Applications Program, the San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management Group, and the Center for Sustainable Energy as part of this program, which has been funded with generous support from The San Diego Foundation.

Climate-Smart Water Activities Include: Hosting interdisciplinary climate and water meetings, Participating in the San Diego Integrated Water Management Regional Advisory Committee, and providing technical support for climate and water-focused planning efforts

Coastal Resilience

In 2015, the Climate Collaborative received nearly $700,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to launch the Resilient Coastlines Project by integrating coastal resilience activities and providing resources across coastal cities. The project included four primary components: Application of Science and Research, Local Leadership Support, Living Shorelines Workshops, and Community Outreach.

The Resilient Coastlines Project was led in partnership with the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Climate Science Alliance.

Coastal Resilience Activities Include: convening the Regional Sea Level Rise Working Group, supporting regional leadership and application of research, and conducting a Regional Adaptation Needs Assessment

With Generous Program Support From:

California Department of Transportation logo California Department of Transportation
NOAA logo National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association Coastal Resilience
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The San Diego Foundation logo The San Diego Foundation
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