San Diego

In San Diego, some commercial building owners are working to drastically reduce energy use.

They’ve come together to form a coalition called a 2030 district. Members each commit to cutting energy use, water use, and transportation emissions in half by the year 2030.

San Diego is one of twenty cities in North America to create one of these districts.

Jason Anderson is CEO of Cleantech San Diego, which helps manage the local effort.

Anderson: “We will be working with these building owners to help them understand how they’re using energy, and then also give them proactive approaches to helping them reduce their energy.”

Anderson says solutions can be as simple as swapping out conventional lightbulbs for more efficient LEDs. But bigger changes are needed, too, like smart technologies that can automatically adjust thermostat settings or turn off lights in empty rooms.

That saves energy and reduces electricity costs, a combination that appeals to participants.

Anderson: “It’s not only good for the environment. It’s also good for their bottom line, and they understand that.”

So far, more than fifty San Diego buildings are included in the district. Anderson expects their successes will inspire other owners across the city to join them.

Reporting credit: Daisy Simmons/ChavoBart Digital Media.