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 in order to engage those people most impacted by climate change.

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

  • Climate Action Plan Committee — We monitor the Climate Action Plans and advocate for the implementation of Community Choice energy programs (CCE) and renewable energy generation in the region. We believe that CCE, in addition to introducing competition into the energy market, is the only way to achieve 100% clean energy. Learn more about CCE.
  • Transportation Committee — 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.
  • Legislative Committee — 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 Committee — 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 by decreasing the consumption of animal products, reducing food waste, and regenerative agriculture.
  • Coordinating Relationships with Elected Officials — We coordinate meetings, topics of discussion, and develop 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 about or to join the Public Policy Team, please contact PublicPolicy@SanDiego350.org.

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