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Interim Mayor Todd Gloria
City of San Diego
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For immediate release: Nov. 6, 2013 Contact: Alex Roth, 619-228-3253

Interim Mayor Unveils Updated Climate Action Plan Plan Provides Long-Term Guidelines for City to Reduce its Carbon Footprint
SAN DIEGO, CA (Nov. 6, 2013) – Interim Mayor Todd Gloria on Wednesday unveiled the first draft of an updated Climate Action Plan, a document designed to help San Diego mitigate its impacts on the environment in the decades ahead. “Every city must take steps to mitigate against the very real problem of global climate change,” Gloria said. “This plan will help San Diego reduce its carbon footprint while also helping us maintain our quality of life.” The plan calls for a wide variety of approaches in the years and decades ahead, from tapping into sources of renewable energy to increasing the percentage of commuters who bike and take mass transit to work. Nicole Capretz, the interim mayor’s director of environmental policy, provided an overview of the plan on Wednesday to the City Council’s Natural Resources and Culture Committee. The plan suggests, among other things, establishing a manageable framework for homeowners and businesses to make their properties more energy-efficient; taking steps to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill; and making the city even more bike-friendly. The plan sets specific targets and goals to be reached by 2020 and 2035. “The Climate Action Plan is a critical document to measure our success in achieving a sustainable city,” Capretz said. “For the first time, the city will have quantifiable data to assess how well we are doing in reducing climate pollution and reaching our goals. We are striving to make San Diego a national leader in healthy, livable neighborhoods powered by clean energy.” San Diego has always been a leader in sustainability initiatives, including its significant number of solar installations, conversion of landfill-gas to energy, all-electric car share program, Balboa Park building retrofits and street light upgrades. On Wednesday, the city’s Environmental Services Department proposed a “Zero Waste Objective” for the city by 2040, which means the city would establish a goal of diverting 100% of its waste from the landfill by 2040.

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