Since 2010, USD has collaborated with San Diego leaders to create programs, policies, and strategies to address climate change. Through the Energy and Policy Initiatives Center, Climate Education Partners: San Diego Region, and the San Diego Climate Collaborative, USD works to study energy policy issues, conduct a range of educational activities, and share resources to facilitate climate action planning.

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The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

The Climate Collaborative is a San Diego regional forum for public agencies to share expertise and leverage resources to facilitate climate action planning. By partnering with academia, non-profit organizations, and business and community leaders, the Collaborative works to inspire regional leadership and ensure a vibrant economy and healthy environment. The main goals of the Climate Collaborative are to:

  • Address and prevent the harmful effects of climate change
  • Promote a high quality of life for the San Diego region
  • Foster a green and growing economy


San Diego Regional Quality of Life Dashboard

Using environmental and economic indicators, the dashboard measures and benchmarks trends throughout the region tracking a central theme: Is the quality of life improving?

Areas studied include: air quality; beach water quality; climate change; electric vehicles; electricity use; employment; entrepreneurship; housing; park access; regional leadership and planning; renewable energy and storage; traffic and congestion; transportation choices; waste; and water use.

Check out the dashboard trends to see if San Diego County is on a path to greater health, wealth, comfort, and sustainability.


Climate Action Plan (CAP)

The University of San Diego's Climate Action Plan was developed in 2016 to be a framework for reducing USD's greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The CAP sets out a general methodology for establishing short, medium and long-term strategic goals and feedback mechanisms that provide performance data and specific recommendations to reduce the environmental impact of the university. 


Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC)

EPIC is a non-profit research and academic center of the University of San Diego School of Law that studies energy policy issues affecting California and the San Diego region. EPIC’s mission is to increase awareness and understanding of energy and climate related policy issues by conducting research and analysis to inform decision makers and educate law students. 


Climate Education Partners (CEP)

CEP is one of six grants in the nation from the National Science Foundation to educate leaders in the community on the impacts of climate change. Designed as a dynamic collaborative of local expert scientists, educators, and a wide range of community leaders, Climate Education Partners conducts a wide range of educational activities to engage the community. These include listening to what San Diegans care about and what they want to know, developing practical resources on local impacts, conducting climate impact tours, hosting roundtable discussions and supporting regional leaders and their communities with their planning needs for informed decision-making.

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