San Diego, CA


Challenge Commitment
7.6Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity2%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

The City of San Diego serves a population of approximately 1.4 million residents within 320 square miles and is the eighth largest city in the United States. It strives to promote a well-managed, fiscally-sound city government that provides effective services to its residents and visitors. The City sets and pursues energy reduction milestones independently, as well as in collaboration with its local energy provider.

As a Better Buildings Challenge Partner, the City will meet its energy efficiency goals in part by building on work completed through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. Through EECBG, the City has made boiler upgrades to its Administration Building complex, implemented city gym lighting improvements, and completed broad-spectrum street lighting retrofit projects, all of which is expected to save about 18 million kilowatt-hours annually. Moving forward, the City will implement measures including but not limited to sustainable policies and provisions, completing retrofits and retro-commissioning, installing renewable energy, and conducting various education and outreach activities.

In 2015, the City Council approved San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, which calls for the City to cut half of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2035. The Climate Action Plan's strategies include 100 percent renewable electricity; water and energy efficiency; zero waste; bicycling, walking, transit and land use; and resiliency measures.