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City of La Mesa

Beacon Participant Profile

“The City of La Mesa recognizes that local governments play a leading role in both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the potential impacts of climate change. Local governments can dramatically reduce emissions from their government operations through such measures as increasing energy efficiency in facilities and vehicle fleets, utilizing renewable energy sources, enacting sustainable purchasing policies, reducing waste, and supporting alternative modes of transportation for employees”  City of La Mesa 2005 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

About La Mesa

  • Incorporated: 1912
  • Population: 55,908 (2010) 
  • Location: located within San Diego County, 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean
  • Elevation: 528 feet
  • Area: 9 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources

  • U.S. Conference of Mayor Climate Protection Agreement Signatory
  • Completed Sidewalk Master Plan, 2008
  • Established La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission, 2009
    • The La Mesa Environmental Sustainability Commission presents the annual “Sustain La Mesa” Environmental Festival
  • Adopted Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance, January 2010
  • Preparing Bicycle Master Plan
  • Staff meets regularly with the Regional Climate Protection Network Group
  • HEAL Cities Campaign Participant
  • Assisting in the planning and development of the EV Project, a nationwide pilot program to install electric vehicle charges in homes and public places.
  • Updated parking meters in the downtown business district are solar powered
  • LEED standards are incorporated into the design of the new police station and a cool roof on a portion of the Community Center
  • The City enforces the California Energy Efficiency Standards and the newly adopted California Green Building Code regulating energy conservation techniques, materials and appliances in the construction of buildings by the private sector
  • The City has been recognized as a Tree City USA since 1980
  • Presentations are made to schools for all grade levels under a contract with I Love A Clean San Diego to educate on topics of pollution prevention and recycling
  • Enacted sustainable purchasing practices


Agency Energy Savings

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Platinum Level, 53% (2015)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Gold Level (2015)
  • Silver Level (2013)

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