Who We Are

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About Us

San Diegans have a long history of protecting our clean air and water, spectacular natural resources and enviable quality of life. However, our region is vulnerable to diminishing water supplies, increased wildfire risks, coastal erosion and other impacts of climate change.

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative was founded on the belief that together we are prosperous and resilient. Our mission is to connect the region to advance climate change solutions. Together, we are prosperous and resilient.

What We Do

  • Support regional efforts and advance comprehensive solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for local climate change impacts.
  • Communicate about the leadership of the Climate Collaborative and the San Diego region to local, state, and national leaders, peers, and funding institutions.
  • Build capacity within San Diego regional public agencies through networking, training and partnerships with academic institutions, businesses, and non-profits.

Advisory Board

The Board sets the strategy for the Climate Collaborative and works closely with the staff to implement this vision.  Our Board leadership consists of members from regionally focused planning agencies, cities, jurisdictions, nonprofit and academia. We welcome new Board members annually to join at the Leader member level and consider Board service.
Cody Hooven Cody Hooven (Chair) Cody Hooven is the Director of the Sustainability Department and the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the Xity of San Diego, the 8th largest U.S. city. She leads sustainability planning and policy, with emphasis on economic development and social equity. Her team is exploring how technology, renewable energy, mobility, green buildings, and climate resilience are included in San Diego’s approach to sustainable communities. Her purview also includes engaging businesses in win-win solutions for sustainability and leading the city's move towards 100% renewable energy. Cody works on various collaborative efforts in San Diego and statewide, including as a founding member and current Chair of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and board member of Cleantech San Diego.
waves on coast Chad Reese (Vice Chair) Chad Reese is an Environmental Affairs Manager at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the agency that manages the day-to-day operations of San Diego International Airport (SAN). As the sustainability program area lead at the Airport, Chad contributes to energy efficiency and renewable energy capital projects, waste reduction initiatives, clean transportation policy and projects, and behavior change programs including the Airport’s new “SAN Green Concessions Program” (a green business program specifically designed for Airport concessions tenants). Chad also manages “The Good Traveler” carbon offset program developed by the Airport, and is responsible for annual greenhouse gas emissions inventories and certification via Airport Council International’s “Airport Carbon Accreditation” program.
Chris Nanson Chris Nanson Chris Nanson is a Program Advisor at San Diego Gas and Electric for the Local Government Partnership program within the of Customer Programs division. Throughout his 10 years at SDG&E Chris has researched and led demonstrations on cutting edge renewable energy technology, been the utility lead for customer incentive programs related to solar and innovative clean energy technologies, assisted in the distribution of utility-owned solar at over 40 locations around SDG&E’s service territory, worked alongside the aviation services department including leading the deployment of the largest firefighting helicopter in North America, and been an active participant in SDG&E’s Green Team. Chris has a Bachelor’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in Managerial and Organizational Communications.
Phil Gibbons Phil Gibbons Philip Gibbons is a Program Manager at the Port of San Diego. His career spans a broad range of environmental management objectives to improve water and air quality as well as the sustainability and resiliency of San Diego Bay. Philip’s recent work has focused on implementing the Port’s Climate Action Plan and transitioning vehicles and equipment common to port and industrial operations to zero and near-zero emissions. He also spearheads planning for climate adaptation to better prepare the waterfront of San Diego Bay for future coastal hazards due to sea level rise. Currently, Philip serves on the Board of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative and the San Diego Clean Cities Coalition. He is also an Executive Committee member on the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. Philip has a Master’s degree in Geography from San Diego State University. 
waves on coast Coleen Wisniewski Coleen is the Environmental Sustainability Manager for the City of Chula Vista. Coleen joined the City in 2016 and has over 17 years of program management experience in the conservation field. She plans, develops, implements and manages a wide range of environmental sustainability policies and programs including those related to energy and water conservation, climate action planning and, in collaboration with other organizations, regional healthy community initiatives. Coleen manages a team involved in coordinating community-focused programs related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, green buildings, alternative fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, water conservation, watershed protection and general sustainability. She also manages the City’s Local Government Partnership with SDG&E. Prior to joining the City, Coleen worked with various NGOs where she managed environmental programs that tracked California’s ocean health and associated water quality and climate change issues. She also coordinated with state agencies to provide baseline monitoring of new Marine Protected Areas, created and taught educational curricula for adults and children and worked with fishing cooperatives in Baja California, Mexico.
waves on coast Renee Yarmy Energy & Sustainability Program Manager, Port of San Diego Renée Yarmy has over 16 years of experience in architecture, sustainable development, climate action planning, and project management. Renée serves as the Program Manager for Energy and Sustainability at the Port of San Diego. In this role, her responsibilities include developing strategic energy planning initiatives and implementing projects to meet the Port of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan goals.  Renée ensures the effective implementation of programs and projects aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the use of renewable energy, accelerating energy efficiency projects, and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders on the implementation of complex projects.   In addition to her role at the Port, Renée teaches at University of California, San Diego Extension for the Sustainable Business Practices certificate program. Prior to joining the District, Renée served as a sustainability consultant responsible for advising west coast ports, as well as local, federal and international government agencies.  Renée holds a Bachelor of Architecture, a Master of Science in Sustainable Development, and has a LEED AP O+M credential.
waves on coast Anna Lowe Regional Energy/Climate Change Planner, San Diego Association of Governments