Regional Decarbonization Framework

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A Partnership to Move the Region to Zero Carbon Emissions

The global climate is changing, and the effects are felt acutely at the local level through higher frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, droughts, wildfires, storms, and sea level rise. Furthermore, the growing economic, social, and environmental impacts associated with a changing climate are causing immediate and long-term impacts to our ecosystems, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and communities across the San Diego region, particularly in underserved populations that are impacted disproportionately.

On January 27, 2021, the Board of Supervisors took action to create what has now developed

A Partnership to Move the Region to Zero Carbon Emissions

The global climate is changing, and the effects are felt acutely at the local level through higher frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, droughts, wildfires, storms, and sea level rise. Furthermore, the growing economic, social, and environmental impacts associated with a changing climate are causing immediate and long-term impacts to our ecosystems, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and communities across the San Diego region, particularly in underserved populations that are impacted disproportionately.

On January 27, 2021, the Board of Supervisors took action to create what has now developed into the integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework (Framework), recognizing that the County of San Diego has an important role to play in leading decarbonization efforts within our region. The Framework has been developed in partnership with the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, and the University of San Diego (USD) Energy Policy Initiatives Center, and Inclusive Economics. In addition, the Framework fosters regional collaboration between public agencies, universities, schools, business, labor, communities, and tribes, as well as leverage resources at the State and federal levels.

The Framework is composed of three parts: a Technical Report, a Workforce Report, and an Implementation Playbook (Playbook). The draft Playbook is a resource that outlines areas for local governments, organizations, and businesses to consider as they move toward zero carbon emissions. The draft Playbook is currently available for public review until February 2, 2023. 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. A draft will be prepared for public comment in summer of 2023. Additional information can be found on our projects page.

  • Now Available – Draft Implementation Playbook for the Regional Decarbonization Framework

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    Draft Implementation Playbook Available for Public Review Until February 2

    On January 27, 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors (Board) voted to create a Regional Decarbonization Framework (Framework) to guide our collective future actions on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the San Diego region. As part of the Framework, a draft Implementation Playbook (Playbook) was prepared by the University of San Diego’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center at the direction of the County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Justice, and with robust stakeholder input and ideas through working groups that occurred during Fall 2022. The draft Playbook is intended to be a user-friendly resource that provides different long-term strategies to get us to a common goal – a zero-carbon future for our region with consideration to time and cost of implementation. The draft Playbook is now available for public comment and viewing on the Engage San Diego County website. The public review period will be open until February 2, 2023.

    Additional information about the Framework can be found on our project website. If you have any questions, please contact the project team at zerocarbon@sdcounty.ca.gov.

  • Reminder – 1/23 District 3 Regional Convening for the Regional Decarbonization Framework

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  • Reminder – 1/18 District 1 Regional Convening for the Regional Decarbonization Framework

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  • Reminder – 1/17 District 4 Regional Convening for the Regional Decarbonization Framework

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  • County Hosts Neighbors at Forums on Local Climate Solutions

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    January 2023 Regional Convenings for the Regional Decarbonization Framework

    The Regional Decarbonization Framework team is hosting regional convenings to engage and educate the public on the impacts of climate change and our goal of achieving a zero-carbon future. Meetings will be held throughout January from 6-8 p.m. in each Supervisorial District. To accommodate those without online access, the 1/30 and 1/31 meetings will be offered virtually at satellite locations equipped with reliable internet access and computers.

    Regional Convening Details

    January 17 – District 4 | Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library: 5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114

    • Register here to participate virtually

    January 18 – District 1 | San Ysidro Civic Center: 212 West Park Avenue, San Ysidro, CA 92173

    • Register here to participate virtually

    January 23 – District 3 | San Diego County Administration Center: 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

    • Register here to participate virtually

    January 30 – District 2 | El Cajon Valley High School – Event Center: 1035 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92021

    Satellite Location | Pine Valley Branch Library: 28804 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962

    • Register here to participate virtually

    January 31 – District 5 | North Inland Live Well Center: 649 West Mission Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025

    Satellite Location| Borrego Springs Branch Library: 2580 Country Club Road, Borrego Springs, CA 92004

    • Register here to participate virtually

    If you cannot attend your district event, please feel free to attend another convening.

    Translation will be available at the meetings if requested in advance. Please send your translation requests to zerocarbon@sdcounty.ca.gov as soon as possible.

    Additional information about this framework can be found on the project website. We value your participation in our movement to lower the region’s carbon footprint and encourage you to comment and ask questions on our Engage San Diego County website.

  • Save the Date – Regional Convenings for the Regional Decarbonization Framework

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  • Recordatorio: Únase al debate regional sobre el cambio climático el 6 de diciembre

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    Reunión comunitaria en español para hablar de soluciones para el cambio climático

    El Condado de San Diego tomará medidas importantes para avanzar con soluciones para el cambio climático a través de su iniciativa “Marco regional de descarbonización”, un plan para mejorar el aire que respiramos, las comunidades en las que vivimos y nuestra calidad de vida en general. El equipo del Marco llevará a cabo una reunión comunitaria el 6 de diciembre de 2022 para conocer sus necesidades, preocupaciones y prioridades relacionadas con el clima. La reunión se realizará en español, y habrá servicios de interpretación en directo al inglés disponibles.

    Detalles de la reunión

    Fecha: Martes 6 de diciembre

    Horario: 6:30-8 p.m. por Zoom

    Regístrese con anticipación: https://bit.ly/FrameworkSpanishCommunityMeeting_12-6-22

    Después de haberse registrado, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.

    También hay servicios de traducción en directo disponibles a pedido en los siguientes idiomas: árabe, chino (mandarín), filipino (tagalo), coreano, persa (farsi y darí), somalí y vietnamita. Los servicios de interpretación se deben solicitar 5 días hábiles antes del evento. Envíe sus solicitudes a zerocarbon@sdcounty.ca.gov.

  • ¿Le preocupa el cambio climático? Asista a nuestra reunión comunitaria del 6 de diciembre

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    Únase a nuestra reunión comunitaria en español que se realizará en línea el 6 de diciembre

    El clima global está cambiando y afectando a nuestras comunidades con olas de calor, sequías, incendios forestales y aumentos del nivel del mar. Esto afecta de manera directa a la salud pública, particularmente a las poblaciones desatendidas.

    El Condado de San Diego tomará medidas importantes para avanzar con soluciones climáticas a través de su Marco regional de descarbonización, un plan colaborativo para crear un lugar más sustentable para vivir, trabajar y jugar. Nuestro equipo quiere escuchar sus ideas sobre medidas que las personas, los negocios, las comunidades y los gobiernos pueden tomar para abordar y hacer frente a la emergencia climática.

    Detalles de la reunión

    Fecha: Martes 6 de diciembre

    Horario: 6:30-8 p. m. por Zoom

    La reunión se realizará en español, y habrá servicios de interpretación al inglés disponibles.

    Regístrese con anticipación: https://bit.ly/FrameworkSpanishCommunityMeeting_12-6-22

    Después de haberse registrado, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse a la reunión.

    También hay servicios de traducción en directo disponibles a pedido en los siguientes idiomas: árabe, chino (mandarín), filipino (tagalo), coreano, persa (farsi y darí), somalí y vietnamita. Los servicios de interpretación se deben solicitar 5 días hábiles antes del evento. Envíe sus solicitudes a zerocarbon@sdcounty.ca.gov.

  • Board of Supervisors to Receive Update on Regional Decarbonization Framework on August 31 at 9 a.m.

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    Notice of Public Hearing on August 31

    The County invites you to attend the upcoming Board of Supervisors hearing on August 31, 2022, at 9 a.m. to hear an update for the Regional Decarbonization Framework as well as the proposed design of the Implementation Playbook – an accessible resource for all stakeholders in the region looking to adopt and implement decarbonization policies, programs, or projects.

    You can participate in the hearing in person or virtually. Instructions on how to attend and provide comments can be found on the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors website. Please visit the project website for additional information on this framework.

  • Regional Decarbonization Framework Studies Now Available

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    Regional Decarbonization Framework – Studies Available for Public Viewing

    Recognizing the need for a regional approach to addressing climate change, on January 27, 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to create a Regional Decarbonization Framework (Framework) to inform our collective future actions on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the San Diego region. It is intended to supplement climate action planning efforts that are currently underway and chart collaborative pathways to implement our regional goals. As part of the Framework, there are two studies that have been completed and are available to the public:

    San Diego Regional Decarbonization Framework: Technical Report is authored by a team led by the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, working in collaboration with the Energy Policy Initiatives Center at the University of San Diego School of Law and other consultants with technical expertise in energy, transportation, and building systems. This is the first study of its kind that quantifies the magnitude of the challenge in achieving meaningful reductions in regional GHG emissions if we act in silos as individuals, businesses, and governments. It shows that with collective effort, we can get to zero emissions in each sector of our economy by mid-century.

    Putting San Diego County on the High Road: Climate Workforce Recommendations for 2030 and 2050 is authored by Inclusive Economics and a team of national experts in workforce development. It explores the ways in which actions to lower GHG emissions in the region’s industries can do so in ways that support the region’s workers.

    These studies provide creative and collaborative solutions that can benefit us all in the region as well as the planet. They are available for public viewing through our website and at all County public libraries.

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