Climate Action Plan
Watch an educational video about the City of La Mesa’s Climate Action Plan in La Mesa
About the Climate Action Plan
In March 2018, the City of La Mesa affirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability when City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan (CAP). The CAP establishes a long-range roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the categories of energy, transportation, solid waste, water, and green infrastructure. These efforts help drive down harmful emissions and support La Mesa’s vision of a community with a safe and healthy environment.
View the Climate Action Plan here, and other related documents below
City of La Mesa Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
The CAP establishes two community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goals to inform the City’s actions:
- 15% reduction from 2010 emissions by 2020
- 53% reduction from 2010 emissions by 2035
By partnering with SANDAG, the City receives a snapshot of the community wide GHG inventory data every two years. The graph illustrates when SANDAG gathered the first baseline data in 2010, and inventory updates in 2016 and 2018. The City will receive its 2020 data in late 2022.
Figure 1 (right): 2020 and 2035 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
As part of the 2018 CAP, each year the City releases a Climate Action Plan Annual Report to provide an update on implementation efforts taken. Additionally, the City releases an Annual Report Appendix for a more detailed breakdown of actions take
n and status.
Climate Action Plan Documents
- 2018 City of La Mesa Climate Action Plan
- Supplemental Environmental Impact Report
- Resolution Certifying Supplemental Environmental Impact Report
- Resolution Adopting Climate Action Plan
The City is a member of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, a regional forum for public agencies to share expertise and leverage resources to support climate action planning and implementation. Learn more about the programs and resources offered through the Climate Collaborative here.
Fellowship Support of the CAP
The City has partnered with Fellows in the CivicSpark and College Corps programs to complete an 11-month service term at City Hall, during which they work with the Environmental Program Manager on CAP projects including but not limited to: solid waste management, energy efficiency, community engagement, water conservation, transportation, and green infrastructure. When their service term is complete, they transition projects over to staff and incoming Fellows. They play an important role in helping the City of La Mesa reach their climate action goals.
CivicSpark - CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address community resilience issues. Starting in September 2021, the City of La Mesa began hosting two CivicSpark Fellows to serve full time and assist with implementation of the CAP and continue to host Fellows annually. Learn more about CivicSpark here.
College Corps - College Corps is a California Volunteers initiative that partners with California colleges and universities in order to engage students in meaningful service to build leadership and civic responsibility. Starting in August 2022, the City of La Mesa began hosting two College Corps Fellows from USD to serve part time and assist with CAP implementation. Learn more about College Corps here.