|Recently, the City of Chula Vista became the first local government in Southern California to adopt a standalone, comprehensive climate adaptation plan. The plan, approved by the Chula Vista City Council, will implement 11 strategies to reduce the community’s vulnerability to climate change.
Local business owner and Resource Conservation Commissioner, Sassan Rahimzadeh, said, “These strategies are the outcome of a consensus building process between many different stakeholder groups. They will really help the City be better prepared for the future and will improve our community’s quality of life in the near term.”
The plan was developed in response of expected local impacts that include hotter, drier weather, diminished water supplies, increased poor air quality days, frequent wildfires, shifts in habitat and species distribution and increased rates of sea level rise.
The strategies include measures to expand the City’s urban forests, incorporate “cool” or reflective roofs, promote gray water and other water reuse, adjust open space management due to climate change and design future development and municipal projects to be resilient to the rise in sea level.
Chula Vista will benefit by improved air quality, preserved biological diversity and recreational opportunities, reduced energy and water consumption, lower utility bills and more resilient buildings and
infrastructure which will help minimize future risks and costs from climate change on the community.