Recently hailed as “Voice of the Year” by Voice of San Diego, Nicole Capretz is the chief architect of San Diego’s groundbreaking Climate Action Plan, and...
…the one constant voice behind the plan – and the one who most often told the public how it would work, why it would work and why it was necessary, was Nicole Capretz.
San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, approved in late December, is historic in its ambition, scope and character. As The Guardian notes, San Diego is the largest US city to commit to using 100% renewable energy by 2035. Overall, through a wide variety of transportation, building, waste, water and other measures, the aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Underscoring the entire plan is the fact that it is legally binding—and San Diego is among a small number of pioneering cities to make their climate plan binding.
San Diego’s Climate Action Plan is among the most far-ranging and ambitious, encompassing guidelines for:
- Energy efficiency and renewable power
- Land use
- Waste management
- Water efficiency