CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS 2017 CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
The Chula Vista City Council recently adopted the 2017 Climate Action Plan (CAP), which will aid in a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will lower Chula Vista’s vulnerability to expected climate change impacts. Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas stated, "This plan is the next step in our City's long history of working to address climate change, and allows us to showcase that a clean environment and economic development can progress together."
Created with the assistance of a year-long stakeholder engagement effort, the Climate Change Working Group (CCWG), is comprised of residents, businesses, non-profits, academia, utility representatives and community group representatives. In recognition of this innovative engagement, the San Diego chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals awarded the CCWG an award for outstanding public involvement. When the CAP is fully implemented, the new actions, or equivalent actions, are anticipated to reduce approximately 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e), allowing the City to comply with state greenhouse gas goals and improve the quality of life for residents.
Four major sectors including water conservation and reuse, waste reduction, renewable and efficient energy and smart growth and transportation are the focus of the CAP. Under each sector, there are various objectives that will be achieved. City staff will continue current outreach programs such as the CLEAN business, FREBE, Recreation’s Empower Hour, Library’s Energy Lounge and Home Energy & Water Check-Up programs that provide free information on how residents and businesses can save energy and water while reducing utility bills. It also contains a number of new actions such as requiring new homes to have solar PV panels, increasing water reuse, completing bike and pedestrian infrastructure, and adopting a Zero Waste Plan, just to list a few. Another new feature is the User Guide to Action designed to translate the objectives and actions that the City will be taking at the community level to actions individuals can take.
To review the full 2017 Chula Vista Climate Action Plan, please visit www.chulavistaca.gov/clean. If you have any questions, please contact the Conservation Section at (619) 409-3893 or firstname.lastname@example.org.