City of Del Mar Draft Climate Action Plan posted online

The City of Del Mar has posted its draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) online at in preparation for presentation to the City Council on Jan. 19, 2016 for adoption.

Development of the CAP has been underway for approximately 18 months, primarily led by the City’s citizen-appointed Sustainability Advisory Board.

The draft CAP proposes a 15 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and a 50 percent reduction by 2035. Measures for achieving those targets fall into four categories: energy and buildings, water and waste, transportation, and urban tree planting. Recommended strategies for phase one include: pursuing increased use of renewable energy sources, including exploration of community choice aggregation; facilitating the planning and building application process for installation of photovoltaic panels and energy efficiency retrofits; developing a zerowaste program/policy; implementing a “complete streets” approach in designing modifications to arterial streets to make them more pedestrian and bike friendly; exploring installation of roundabouts; and possible implementation of an urban tree planting program.

Del Mar’s draft CAP sets goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and 2035 along with a proposed list of strategies and measures to achieve those targets, however the CAP itself does not establish any new programs or requirements in the City. The CAP includes an implementation plan for working toward the recommended programs and policies in phases.

A community workshop on the CAP and GHG reduction goals was held in September 2015, as well as introduction of the CAP to the City Council at their meeting on Dec. 7, 2015.

For more information, contact Management Services Director Kristen Crane at (858) 755-9313 x1132.