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Mayor Kevin Faulconer is trying to take a chomp out of San Diego’s carbon footprint with a Climate Action Plan that has teeth.

The plan calls for many changes to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035. The most important part of the plan, though, is that it will include a legally binding target instead of just a lofty goal.

So, if the city doesn’t live up to the plan, it could open itself to future lawsuits.

In this San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Andrew Keatts teams up with NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia to explain the different ways that Faulconer aspires to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint to meet the mandate, including making the city more pedestrian- and transit-friendly, implementing a new system of energy-consumption known as community choice aggregation and making homeowners disclose their energy consumption before they sell.

Matthew Hose

Matthew is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach him at matthew.hose@voiceofsandiego.org.

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