The San Diego Foundation believes that our region is a special place of natural beauty and ideal weather, and that future generations should enjoy the same quality of life, healthy environment and vibrant economy that we do today.
In addition, 8 out of 10 San Diegans are concerned about the impact climate change will have on our environment, communities and economy according to San Diego, 2050 is Calling. How Will We Answer?, a report released in 2014 by The San Diego Foundation and a collaboration called Climate Education Partners.
Through the support of our donors and other local, regional and national funding partners, the Climate Program works to:
- Catalyze greater regional action to reduce polluting emissions
- Facilitate and strengthen collaborative efforts to prepare for climate change
- Build public awareness and engage regional leaders around local solutions to climate change
Since 2006, The San Diego Foundation has invested more than $3.5 million in: the creation of cross-sector partnerships; assessment of regional vulnerabilities and priorities to address climate change, and increased public understanding of local impacts of climate change with policy makers, scientific experts, businesses and other community leaders.
The San Diego Foundation and its partners have demonstrated leadership with action that is positively impacting our community:
- Published 18 climate change research studies, including:
- Supported 24 local government technical assistance projects, resulting in two thirds of local cities developing or adopting a climate action plan, including:
- Forged 50+ partnerships, including co-founding two influential collaboratives:
The San Diego Foundation works with regional collaborations to advance solutions that address the impacts from a changing climate, including:
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.
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 the recipient of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships, which recognized the collaboration as a replicable model for other regions.
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.
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.