County to Pursue Innovative Programs to Slow Climate Change in Vulnerable Communities

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SAN DIEGO (AUGUST 29, 2023) – Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today passed a policy to hire external environmental experts to help the County develop new, innovative actions to slow climate change and improve air and water quality in the most vulnerable areas of the region. 

Supervisor Lawson-Remer issued the following statement after Tuesday’s vote:  

“It’s vital for us to find better ways to reduce how climate change affects our residents across San Diego County, and this policy will help us create cutting-edge programs to mitigate its impact on our water, beaches and air in high risk communities,” said Supervisor Lawson-Remer, who serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “It aligns with the Regional Decarbonization Framework I introduced and continues our Board’s commitment to fighting climate change. I appreciate Chairwoman Vargas for bringing this policy forward and will do everything possible to help her make it happen.”  

Supervisor Lawson-Remer since joining the Board of Supervisors in 2021 has made tackling climate change one of her highest priorities.  Some of the actions she and her colleagues have taken since then include: 

  • Creating an integrated Regional Decarbonization Framework on January 27, 2021;  

  • Investing in the County enterprise to achieve our sustainability goals on May 5, 2021; 

  • Advocating for renewable resources on October 20, 2021; 

  • Requesting a local analysis of existing infill renewable energy infrastructure on May 24, 2023; and  

  • Approving multiple budgets that invest in staffing, facilities, fleets, and operations continue to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  

To review the policy passed Tuesday in its entirety, click here