San Diego will cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035, if all goes according to the Climate Action Plan draft Mayor Kevin Faulconer presented last week. The mandates laid out will be legally binding and could put San Diego on the fast-track for infrastructure improvements.

Geoffrey Chase, director of the Center for Regional Sustainability at San Diego State University, says that the plan is “a significant step forward.”

“I think there’s real power to naming a target, naming a goal and being transparent about that,” Chase told VOSD Radio co-hosts Andy Keatts and Caty Green on this week’s podcast.

Chase stressed the importance of changes in people’s daily behaviors. Those small actions add up to a big impact: “It takes collective action to see some real change.”

But he says we still have a lot of work to do. Jump to 23:15 to hear what else he had to say about the most effective and progressive ways to promote sustainability on college campuses and around the region’s communities.

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Show Notes

• Cars are starting to sail a little more smoothly across the U.S.-Mexico border because of our Hero of the Week. The federal government reopened seven inspection lanes at the border this September.

• Our Goat of the Week is Rep. Duncan Hunter, who made a hefty claim about ISIS arrests at the border. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s response: “We have no credible, specific intelligence to that effect.”

• Even though the Chargers are looking for a way to build a new stadium in San Diego, they’re not so excited about the potential for another team to move to L.A. and soak up the team’s business interests.

• The 52nd Congressional District race was thrust into chaos this week. GOP candidate Carl DeMaio now faces allegations of sexual harassment from a former staffer Todd Bosnich. Scott Lewis and Liam Dillion break down some key questions already cropping up in the controversy, which has gotten national coverage.

Michelle was a reporting intern for Voice of San Diego during the fall of 2014. You can reach her by email.

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