Protecting our Air, Water & Coastline Through Collaboration

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Without local leadership, collaboration and action, changes in temperature and rainfall patterns could have an even greater impact on our quality of life in San Diego.

“In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin

An overwhelming majority of San Diego County residents – 84% – believe climate change is happening, and almost as many expect the impacts to affect them, their families and future generations.

Without local leadership, collaboration and action, changes in temperature and rainfall patterns could have an even greater impact on our quality of life in San Diego.

To effectively prepare for the impacts of climate change, collaboration is essential.

Reducing the Impacts of Climate Change

In fact, cross-sector collaborations might be the linchpin to facilitating and strengthening our efforts to protect San Diego’s air, water, natural resources and coastline.

Since 2006, The San Diego Foundation Climate Initiative has built capacity planning for and reducing the impacts of climate change on our regional communities. Since its inception, the Climate Initiative has forged 50+ partnerships, including co-founding two influential collaboratives, to demonstrate how leadership with action can make a positive impact.

Climate Education Partners (CEP) and the San Diego Regional Collaborative, in particular, strive to advance solutions that address the impacts from a changing climate.

Climate Education Partners

In 2012, The San Diego Foundation co-founded CEP, which is one of six recipients awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to implement a $5 million, five-year education initiative to increase understanding of climate change in our region among community leaders.

By partnering with representatives from the University of San Diego, California State University, San Marcos, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Francisco and The Steve Alexander Group, the collaborative brings together expertise in climate science, social psychology, law, policy and communications.

Over the years, CEP has used a variety of strategies to increase the knowledge and understanding of our region’s key influential leaders on climate change, including:

By working collaboratively, CEP helps educate San Diego leaders about the impacts of climate change and how we can be proactive in protecting our region.

Strengthen Your Understanding of Climate Change

San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

In 2012, in partnership with San Diego Gas & Electric, The San Diego Foundation co-founded the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative – a network for public agencies that serve the San Diego region to share expertise, leverage resources and advance comprehensive solutions to facilitate climate change planning.

Currently consisting of 24 members county-wide, the Climate Collaborative has addressed regional climate change impacts by:

San Diego Flooding
Climate change could result in increased coastal flooding in San Diego.

Additionally, the Climate Collaborative has been rewarded for its influential work.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored the Climate Collaborative’s leading edge climate initiative work in 2015, recognizing it as one of only two organizations in the nation to receive the “Innovative Partnerships Certificate”.

And in 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded the Climate Collaborative with a $689,500 federal grant for coastal hazard protection and resilience.

The project is providing new data on flood mapping and shoreline bluff surveys, developing additional legal, economic and scientific expertise, and helping cities with outreach and communication.

Do Your Part in Climate Change Planning

Protect our Region

CEP and the Climate Collaborative are just two examples that demonstrate how collaborating with regional partners inspires education and action. But we can all contribute in making sure our world-renowned climate is preserved for our children and grandchildren.

How will you make a difference?

Make an Impact Today: Protect our Climate