Climate Change

To help guide the development of the Regional Plan, the Climate Change White Paper was updated in March 2018 to highlight the current state of practice, trends, and research associated with transportation-related climate change factors.  

Ensuring our region is reducing greenhouse gas emissions and prepared for a changing climate is an important part of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. Building resiliency to a changing climate will help us reduce the risks that come with extreme heat and sea level rise, as well as higher storm surges, wildfires, and mudslides. Policies within the Plan will consider ways to curtail our greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use and prepare for climate change, including:

  • Reducing traffic congestion by improving transportation choices and reducing the distances between people and services
  • Lowering auto emissions by promoting the use of electric and alternative fuel vehicles
  • Reducing energy use by retrofitting existing residential and commercial buildings with energy efficient lighting, power, and air conditioning, and maximizing energy efficiency in new construction
  • Increasing our use of renewable energy by promoting the installation of clean, onsite energy systems, and large-scale renewable energy projects
  • Reducing water-related energy use through building retrofit programs and promoting the use of reclaimed water
  • Modernizing our energy grid
  • Building infrastructure that is protected from sea level rise and storm surges
  • Protecting public health from impacts of extreme heat, wildfires, and drought
  • Considering climate change impacts on habitat conservation and biodiversity

For more information on SANDAG’s Climate Change Planning and Programs, please visit