Encinitas Virtual Earth Day Celebration

Click here to watch the livestream Earth Day event recorded on Wednesday, April 22nd from 10 AM to 12 PM.

The City's first Virtual Earth Day Celebration took place on Wednesday April 22nd from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, cohosted by the City of Encinitas & Ecofest. The livestream event included presentations by the community's environmental champions, simple tips to be more eco-friendly, and intriguing sustainability videos. 

Draft Ordinance 2020-04 Public Comment Period

As part of the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan, draft Ordinance 2020-04 has been prepared to address the following City Actions:

     BE-3: Adopt Higher Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Buildings

     RE-3: Require Commercial Buildings to Install Solar Photovoltaic Systems 

The proposed ordinance would establish energy efficiency and solar energy requirements for certain commercial, multi-unit residential, and hotel/motel buildings.  If approved by Council, the requirements will be applicable to new buildings and building alterations of a certain size when requesting a building permit.  

The public comment period for the draft Ordinance 2020-04 is now open. To review Draft Ordinance 2020-04, follow this link.

Draft fact sheets for the proposed ordinance, may be viewed here:

Click here for the Energy Efficiency Fact Sheet

Click here for the Solar Photovoltaic Fact Sheet

Comments can be submitted by emailing: [email protected]

The public comment period for proposed Ordinance 2020-04 closes on April 17.

2019 CAP Annual Report 

In January 2020, the City published its first comprehensive CAP Annual Monitoring Report.  The Annual Report summarizes the progress the City has made toward meeting the its greenhouse gas reduction targets set in the Climate Action Plan and evaluates progress made on implementing each of the 19 City actions included in the CAP. This Annual Report includes data tracked through 2018 and additional notable City actions that occurred in 2019.  The City's CAP was adopted by Council in January 2018 and many City actions began implementation in 2018. Of the 19 City actions in the CAP, four (4) have been completed, fourteen (14) are in progress, and one (1) is awaiting resources. To learn more about the City's progress check out the 2019 Annual Report.

Community Choice Energy   

Follow this link to San Diego Community Power's new website.

On September 18, 2019, Encinitas City Council voted unanimously to form a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program by ordinance.  Encinitas joined the regional CCE JPA, called San Diego Community Power (SDCP), along with the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and La Mesa. A core goal of the new agency is to deliver green, renewable, carbon-free electricity to its customers.  SDCP is aiming to deliver 100% renewable energy to its customers by 2035 or sooner.

The governing board of SDCP consists of two City Council representatives from each partner jurisdiction, one primary and one alternate.  The Board, in coordination with partner staff, energy consultants, and the selected lender, will spend 2020 setting up the agency in preparation to purchase and deliver electricity to residential and commercial customers in 2021. One of the first actions of the Board included completing and adopting an Implementation Plan that was submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission in December 2019.  Once start-up activities are complete, SDCP will assume the responsibility of purchasing electricity for customers in the partner communities.  Customers will have the option to receive their electricity from San Diego Community Power or may choose to remain with San Diego Gas & Electric. More information about the history of the City's CCE efforts can be found on the CCE subcommittee webpage.  The latest information about SDCP meetings and operation can be found on the SDCP webpage.

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ordinance 

By a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Encinitas City Council voted in favor of passing a progressive new Leaf Blower Ordinance during a regular City Council meeting held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Click here for more information.

2018 Climate Action Plan

On January 17, 2018, City Council unanimously approved the final Climate Action Plan (CAP) and the associated final Negative Declaration per California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) regulations.  Adoption of this CEQA-qualified CAP was the culmination of a yearlong effort that included reevaluation of the City’s baseline greenhouse gas emissions inventory, establishment of emissions reduction targets consistent with State guidelines, and the development of strategies, goals, quantitative actions and qualitative supporting measures.  The update process involved substantial community input, including four public workshops, three public comment periods, and regular input from the City’s Environmental Commission and the Commission’s CAP Subcommittee.  To complete the update, to City received consultant support from SANDAG and internal staff support from multiple City departments. 

The City’s updated Climate Action Pan provides a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of various strategies, goals, actions and supporting measures. The CAP sets ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 13% below 2012 levels by 2020 and 41% below 2012 levels by 2030. The CAP includes the seven overarching strategies and associated goals:

To learn about the City Actions and Supporting Measures outlined in the CAP, check out the adopted final CAP or the Climate Dashboard.  On the dashboard you will also discover ways you can help take part in climate action and see the City’s progress being made towards reducing emissions.

Links to final documents: Climate Action PlanAppendicesNegative DeclarationImplementation Plan

Climate Adaptation

As a coastal community, it is of particular importance to understand the potential impacts of climate change. Sea level rise, in combination with stronger storms, could cause significant coastal erosion and damage to our beaches, bluffs and coastal infrastructure. 

The City's Shoreline Management Program focuses on the protection and enhancement of the City’s coastline and will adapt to address the effects of climate change.

Additional  Resources

Sign up for CAP notifications to get more updates.

Check out these educational flyers for some quick facts. 

Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative
California Climate Strategy
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  (NASA)

Contact: CAP Program Administrator, Crystal Najera, 760-943-2285, [email protected]