What would it be like to live in a community where you breathe polluted air and primarily access an unreliable water supply?
Fortunately, today that’s not our reality in San Diego, where we enjoy one of the most revered climates in the world.
Still, 8 out 10 San Diegans are concerned about the impact climate change will have on our environment, communities and economy.
That’s why for more than a decade The San Diego Foundation has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting communities focused on reducing regional emissions of heat-trapping gases and preparing for climate change.
This includes the creation of cross-sector partnerships; assessment of regional vulnerabilities and priorities to address climate change; and increased understanding of local impacts of climate change with policy makers, scientific experts, businesses and other community leaders.
The Foundation’s early dedication to San Diego’s treasured environment has paid dividends for our region. The impact of more than $3.5 million invested to help our region prepare for climate change is meaningful:
- 18 climate change research studies published, including “San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer,” and “San Diego’s Changing Climate: A Regional Wakeup Call.”
- 24 local government technical assistance projects completed, resulting in two thirds of local cities developing or adopting a climate action plan, including the progressive City of San Diego Climate Action Plan.
- 50+ partnerships forged, including co-founding 2 influential collaboratives: Climate Education Partners, a collaboration of 6 well-respected organizations funded by the National Science Foundation; and San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a network of public agencies that share expertise, leverage resources and partner with academia, nonprofits and business.
When I’m out in the community discussing our climate work and impact, most community leaders are surprised to learn how deep our dedication has been to the environment and climate change preparation and resilience.
They are equally surprised to learn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored The San Diego Foundation and our partners in the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative with the Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships.
For years, we have worked behind the scenes to put leadership into action as a regionwide funder and influencer, collaborating with scientists, academia, nonprofits and policy leaders to preserve our quality of life and healthy environment.
In the coming weeks, we’ll prominently feature our climate work and impact on our website and through our social media channels.
Your engagement is encouraged and appreciated as we work together to protect our natural resources and economy for our community, our children and grandchildren.
About Kathlyn Mead
President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, Kathlyn Mead has been actively involved in community throughout her career. National Medical Fellowships honored Kathlyn with its 2015 Leadership in Healthcare award. Charles R. Drew University recognized her commitment to community service with its 2011 Medal of Honor. Mead was named a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the University of Southern California, received San Diego’s 2004 KGTV-10 News Organizational Leadership Award, and is also a 2003 YWCA of San Diego TWIN awardee.