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City Council Chooses City of San Diego Joint Powers Authority for Community Choice Energy Program 

On August 21, 2019, City Council received the Community Choice Energy (CCE) Governance Analysis Report recently completed for the Cities of Encinitas, Del Mar, and Carlsbad. Council unanimously selected the City of San Diego Joint Powers Authority (JPA) option. To execute the Council's direction, staff will prepare an ordinance to formally join the JPA and return to Council for approval. More information can be found on the CCE subcommittee webpage.

Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ordinance Passes in Unanimous Vote by Encinitas City Council

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.

Key elements of the ordinance are:

  • Prohibits the use of all gas-powered leaf blowers citywide in January 2020;
  • Allows for the use of electric or battery-powered leaf blowers;
  • Requires responsible use of blower equipment to control dust and noise;
  • Restricts leaf blower hours of operation to between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays; and
  • Provides for a phased-in operative date schedule (summarized below).

A transition away from fossil-fuel based off-road equipment is one of the strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions identified in the Climate Action Plan. The benefits of prohibiting gas-powered leaf blowers include avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions; decreased noise levels; and reduction in suspended dust, allergens, and other harmful particulates.

The goal of the City’s CAP is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 41% by 2030.It is estimated that the Leaf Blower Ordinance will reduce local GHG emissions by 128 metric tons of CO2 emissions (MTCO2E) by the end of 2020, and 142 metric tons by 2030.

Phased Roll-Out Schedule

The ordinance will take effect in phases, beginning immediately for all Encinitas municipal operations. It becomes law on September 20, 2019 and operative for all commercial operators (defined as “…any person who, for compensation or hire, engages in providing services or products…”) three (3) months from the effective date or December 20, 2019.  Finally, it becomes operative for any person (defined as “…any person, business, corporation, or event organizer or promoter; public, nonprofit or private entity, agency or institution; or partnership, association or other organization or group, however organized…”) four (4) months from the effective date, or January 20, 2020.

View the final approved Gas-Powered Leaf Blower Ordinance

City Council Adopts Updated 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. 

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Check out these educational flyers for some quick facts. 

What is Climate Change?

Over the past several decades, climate scientists have observed Earth’s temperature warming and global mean sea levels rising. The consensus among United States and international scientists is that this accelerated climate change is due to increases in human-caused greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the last century. If left unchecked, GHG emissions have the potential to cause widespread environmental and economic impacts, including increased intensity of storms, coastal erosion, longer droughts, and impacts to the global food system.

2018 Climate Action Plan

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:

  • 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 Plan

Appendices

Negative Declaration

Implementation 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

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