This webpage allows you to explore the topics of air quality, clean water, climate change, energy efficiency, green building, transportation, trash & recycling, water conservation, and land use. To learn more, click on the subject matter that interests you.
The City of Encinitas Clean Water Program’s mission is to protect and enhance the quality of local surface waters including our creeks, lagoons, and beaches. This comprehensive program includes water quality monitoring, watershed management, education and outreach, best management practice design and maintenance, inspection, and municipal code enforcement.
The City of Encinitas adopted an updated Climate Action Plan in November 2020. The update includes a reevaluation of the City's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions projection to include anticipated increased housing units, establishment of more ambitious emissions reduction targets, and the development of more effective emissions reduction CAP measures and complimentary supporting measures. The City’s updated Climate Action Pan provides a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the implementation of various strategies, goals, CAP measures and supporting measures, setting a target to reduce emissions by 44% below 2012 levels by 2030.
Coastal management is about maintaining balance in coastal communities. It is a process that takes into consideration many factors, including development, the biological environment, coastal commerce and recreation, hazardous weather impacts, aesthetics, quality of life, water quality, erosion, and more. The City of Encinitas’ coastal zone management program is a dynamic and evolving program, designed to adapt to the these changing conditions to maintain our coastline as a thriving ecological and recreational resource for generations to come.
The Environmental Commission was formed in 2008 and advises City Council on policy, programs, and regulations related to the City’s environment. The Environmental Commission works to raise public awareness on environmental issues affecting the City and supports the development of City regulations that protect the environment. The Environmental Commission meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers at Encinitas City Hall, 505 S. Vulcan Avenue.
The City of Encinitas Environmental Services Guide was designed to help residents and local businesses do their part to protect the environment. The guide outlines available resources for recycling, hazardous waste collection, storm water pollution prevention and at-home composting.
Buildings built to green standards use less energy on cooling and heating, incorporate energy saving appliances and behaviors, and improve indoor air quality and comfort for building occupants. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Build it Green (BIG) have developed frameworks to guide the development of healthy, energy efficient, green buildings. The City of Encinitas Green Building Incentive Program provides a financial incentive, priority plan check, and City Council recognition for projects that register and achieve certification through USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program or BIG’s GreenPoint Rating program.
The parks, beaches, and trails of Encinitas make up a core component of our community’s identity. They are assets to our native flora and fauna, and provide valuable space for exercise, enjoyment and reflection. The City, its residents, and visitors all play a role in preserving these resources.
The City’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, includes a vision to provide effective, safe and easy transportation for all modes of movement and for all demographics. In 2018, City completed the Coastal Mobility and Livability Study (CMLS), which included studies on active transportation like biking and walking, rail corridor needs, and coastal business district parking. The CMLS provides a long-term vision for potential projects within and adjacent to the rail corridor and throughout the city that support alternative transportation like biking, walking and public transit. The City’s Capital Improvement Program includes numerous projects that add bike and pedestrian infrastructure, calm busy streets, and construct safe rail crossings.
The City’s urban forest enhances the health, safety, and quality of life for the residents of Encinitas. Our trees provide numerous valuable benefits to the community including cooling shade, carbon sequestration, erosion control, natural beauty, and wildlife habitat. To ensure residents receive the maximum benefits from our urban canopy, the City developed regulations, guidance, and best practices for the planting and maintenance of trees.
When sent to a landfill, waste from homes and businesses releases harmful pollutants that exacerbate climate change, reduce air quality, degrade ecological health, and negatively impact water quality. The City of Encinitas requires homes and businesses to recycle, but there are lots of other ways you can minimize your waste, from adopting waste reduction strategies to home composting.
Encinitas history has always been strongly tied to the availability of water. As our community has grown so has the demand for water. Now, climate change is beginning to increase the variability of precipitation cycles, which are predicted to result in longer, more severe droughts punctuated by extreme individual precipitation events. This puts a strain on our water supply, leading to increased energy and costs to transport, store and treat water to drinking standards. Therefore, it is important that we all do our part to ensure we conserve water in our yards, homes, and businesses. Visit the San Dieguito Water District to learn about rebates, workshops, and events.