Regional Decarbonization Framework

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Thank you for your interest and involvement in the County’s Regional Decarbonization Framework (RDF) and the Let’s Get There Playbook. We appreciate your thoughtful contributions to this initiative.  Since a preliminary draft of the Playbook was released in January this year, we received over 500 comments through our Engagement Portal, by email, and in-person and virtual comments at regional convenings hosted in each of the five Supervisorial districts. 

The updated Playbook draft is available here so you can see how comments received to-date have been incorporated while we develop an interactive Playbook website.   

Thank you for your interest and involvement in the County’s Regional Decarbonization Framework (RDF) and the Let’s Get There Playbook. We appreciate your thoughtful contributions to this initiative.  Since a preliminary draft of the Playbook was released in January this year, we received over 500 comments through our Engagement Portal, by email, and in-person and virtual comments at regional convenings hosted in each of the five Supervisorial districts. 

The updated Playbook draft is available here so you can see how comments received to-date have been incorporated while we develop an interactive Playbook website.   

This latest draft of the Playbook includes the following key changes from the January version: 

  • 80 edits to the Playbook’s suggested actions to clarify terminology or provide more context surrounding the action. For example, we clarified that tree planting projects should not conflict with rooftop or parking lot solar projects and explained that school recycling programs should focus on organic waste reduction.
  • 118 new decarbonization actions and 9 case studies based on feedback that reflects varied solutions for our diverse communities. For example, one new action suggests exploring policies that could allocate the cost-savings benefits of photovoltaics to tenants in multi-family buildings. Another new action suggests a community-scale analysis of green transportation options, such as bike lane usage and walkability, since neighborhood characteristics can differ widely depending on whether one lives in a rural, suburban, or urban area.
  • Modified text throughout to clarify that the Playbook is an evolving resource that will be informed by the learned experience of individuals and communities.
  • Explained that the term “disadvantaged communities” is used in the context of aligning with federal and state funds and that representation terminology would be developed in consultation with communities in the future.
  • Clarified that expediting permits and fee waivers for renewable energy projects only refers to rooftop and parking lot solar on or adjacent to buildings, and do not apply to utility-scale projects.
  • Explained that some of the comments pertaining to the energy section of the Technical Report will be addressed through the Energy Supply Study approved by the Board on May 24, 2023. The Study will deepen infill renewable energy analysis and add data and guidance based on localized community conditions and needs.

The RDF Team will continue our outreach as the Playbook evolves. We are committed to help identify strategies and actions most suited to your unique needs, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The RDF Technical Report (External link), Workforce Report (External link), and Playbook are meant as guides that offer individuals, organizations, communities, and the region flexibility as we harmonize our responses to global climate changes.

The County is also working with UC San Diego School of Urban Studies and Planning to conduct an analysis and evaluation of policy tools that can be considered by the Board to support our regional food system and agricultural community. Additional information can be found on our reports page (External link).

Review the Draft Guidebook and Comment

Click "Review & Comment" below to open the document, review it, and place your digital comments directly on the document. For optimal viewing, it is recommended that you view and comment on the document on a tablet or computer. You can choose to download the document by clicking on the download icon at the top of the next screen. Downloading is also available on mobile devices by clicking on the three lines at the top right-hand side of the document window. If needed, comments may be submitted via email to zerocarbon.lueg@sdcounty.ca.gov.



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