Climate

The San Diego Foundation Climate program focuses on preparation for and resilience to the impacts of climate change by leading efforts to inform, educate and engage policy makers, and other regional and local leaders.

We assist with the development and implementation of regional and local government action plans, and address climate change through research, strategic investments and collaborations with business, scientists, academia, government, community leaders and policymakers so we can all enjoy cleaner air, water and a healthier and safer region.

Collaborate and Communicate

Climate Education Partners

Climate Education Partners (CEP)  is a collaboration of representatives from the University of San Diego; California State University, San Marcos; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of California, San Francisco; The San Diego Foundation, and The Steve Alexander Group. The team brings together expertise in climate science, social psychology, law, policy, and communications, and was one of six recipients awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to implement a $5 million, five-year education project to increase understanding of climate change in our region among community leaders.

In 2014, CEP released a practical, solutions-oriented report, San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer?, covering diverse sectors such as healthcare, fire preparedness and public safety, water, transportation and the economy to help us learn more about, prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate.

San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative

The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative is a network to share expertise, leverage resources and advance solutions to address the impacts of climate change. In 2014, the collaborative was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnership.

Members include the cities of Chula Vista, Del Mar, Encinitas, National City, Oceanside and San Diego, the county of San Diego, Port of San Diego, San Diego Airport Authority, San Diego Association of Governments, Cleantech San Diego, San Diego Climate Science Alliance, The San Diego Foundation, San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and University of San Diego.

By partnering with academia, nonprofit organizations, and business and community leaders, we work to inspire regional leadership on climate change and ensure a vibrant economy and healthy environment.

Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaption

Through The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, The San Diego Foundation is also a member of the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation. ARCCA is a network comprised of existing regional collaboratives across California (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento) formed by the urgent need to prepare our communities for the emerging impacts of climate change. Together, we have a stronger regional voice with state and federal policymakers and benefit from sharing information, successful practices and lessons learned to enhance public health, protect natural systems, build economies and improve the quality of life in our communities.

Research and Understanding

We develop research to better understand the regional and local impacts of climate change to inform and educate policymakers and help our regional communities address this shared challenge. The San Diego Foundation has independently and collaboratively commissioned and funded multiple reports and studies authored by experts from science, academia, business, government and nonprofits, many supported by the Blasker-Rose-Miah Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

We also work with many community partners that advance science-based, collaborative development of local policies and programs that reduce our region’s carbon footprint and minimize local risks from climate change, including: American Lung Association; Bayside Community Center, Center for Sustainable Energy; Ceres, Inc.; Circulate San Diego, Cleantech San Diego; Endangered Habitats League; Energy Policy Initiatives Center; ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; Justice Overcoming Boundaries, Mid-City CAN; Move San Diego; Resource Conservation District; Transform; San Diego County Bicycle Coalition; San Diego Green Building Council; San Diego Housing Federation; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; University of Southern California, and WalkSanDiego.

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