The Cities of Chula Vista and Imperial Beach, and other organizations (including two partners of the SEEC collaborative) have been awarded funding from the San Diego Foundation for work on water efficiency and drought preparedness. Awards as covered by the San Diego Union Tribune are shared below:
• ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability: $80,000 to assist coastal cities in planning for extreme storms and other environmental upheavals.
• The City of Imperial Beach: $70,000 to help the city and partner organizations like the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve complete a study about rising sea levels and coastal flooding.
• The City of Chula Vista: $67,500 to use public engagement and economic analysis to increase its current water reuse and conservation efforts.
• The Center for Sustainable Energy: $42,000 to expand its “San Diego Home Energy Coach” program, which educates residents on water- and energy-saving measures.
• The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County: $42,000 to help FireSafe councils update Community Wildfire Protection Plans and host workshops for residents in fire-prone areas.
• The Local Government Commission: $10,000 to support regional collaborations on climate-change preparedness.
Chula Vista will use the funding, supported also by a Bloomberg Award for Local Sustainability matching grant, to develop a Water Conservation & Reuse Framework.