Public Policy Team

The SanDiego350 Public Policy Team (PPT) coordinates efforts to affect policy and legislation as it relates to climate change issues with an emphasis on environmental justice. We research and analyze policy issues, create talking points, attend City and County level meetings and meet with and educate elected officials at the local and state level. We also follow the progress with Climate Action Plans in the region and collaborate with allies, for example: Environmental Health Coalition, Sierra Club, Climate Action Campaign and Californians Against Fracking, to name a few, in order to engage those people most impacted by climate change.

The PPT works in several areas and on several issues including:

  • Climate Action Plans/Community Choice Energy — We monitor the Climate Action Plans and advocate for the implementation of Community Choice energy in the region.  We believe that Community Choice Energy, in addition to introducing competition into the energy market, is the only way to achieve 100% clean energy. To learn more about CCE click here.
  • Transportation — Transportation is responsible for over 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in San Diego County. We work in coalition with other local environmental groups to advocate for a better, cleaner transportation system. We support options that provide equal or better mobility than our current options, and aim to achieve 100% clean transit in the San Diego area. Click here to learn more about the Transportation Team
  • State Legislation — We monitor and advocate for climate legislation at the state level. We analyze climate bills, conduct trainings and meet with State legislators to urge their support or opposition to bills.
  • Food & Soil — According to the EPA, at least 9% of the United States’ yearly greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to our food system. Our committee advocates for policies and individual choices that reduce emissions through actions such as decreasing consumption of animal products and reducing food waste. We also support the drawdown of carbon from the atmosphere into healthy soils to slow the trend of global warming. We collaborate with other SanDiego350 committees and like-minded organizations to achieve these goals. Visit our page for more info.
  • Coordinating Relationships with Elected Officials — We coordinate our meetings, topics of discussion, and develops ongoing relationships with elected officials in the region.
  • Climate Chats — We host periodic ‘Climate Chats’ on topics of interest and we provide ongoing training for the Public Policy Team.

To learn more or to join the Public Policy Team, please contact Joyce at publicpolicy@sandiego350.org

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