|The City of Chula Vista has been recognized for their outstanding efforts in reducing its municipal global warming footprint. The San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club presented the City with the chapter’s very first “Cool City Award.”
The club conducted a survey of all municipal San Diego County climate action programs. The Cool City Award is given to a San Diego County city, which has a proven track record of reducing its municipal global warming footprint, achieving its goals in completing and implementing climate action campaigns and innovative programming for the future.
“The Sierra Club recognized that Chula Vista’s elected officials have inspired a generation of citizens to participate in a plan for economic and environmental sustainability. This plan reduces municipal and consumer costs while improving local air quality and laying the foundation for smarter transportation, clean energy and green jobs,” said Michael Meacham, Director of Conservation and Environmental Services.
The city has reduced municipal emissions to 18% below 1990 levels and reduced per capita emissions by 17%. Recently, the Council passed an updated climate action plan consisting of requiring 10 – 20% higher energy efficiency in all new homes and businesses, requiring pre-plumbing and wiring for solar electricity and hot water, investing in clean fuels for City-owned and contracted fleet vehicles, and has integrated transit focused development.
Among other environmental achievements, Chula Vista was the first city in the world with a population under one million to join the UN Climate Framework Convention, which established ICLEI – Local Government for Sustainability and the International Panel for Climate Change.
Mayor Cheryl Cox accepted the honor on behalf of the City at the chapter’s presentation dinner on June 20. Councilmember Pamela Bensoussan and Michael Meacham were also in attendance.