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City of National City

Beacon Participant Profile

“The Climate Action Plan (CAP) addresses climate change at the local level by focusing on the major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the City and establishing a detailed long-term strategy to achieve GHG emissions reduction targets.  Implementation of the CAP will guide actions to reduce the City’s contribution to climate change and will support State emission reduction targets.  The CAP serves as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) threshold of significance for climate change by which development will be reviewed.” – National City Climate Action Plan

About National City

  • Incorporated: 1887
  • Population: 58,582 (2010) 
  • Location: 7 miles south of downtown San Diego in San Diego County
  • Area: 9.116 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


Agency Energy Savings

Agency Natural Gas Savings

Agency Greenhouse Gas Reductions

Community Greenhouse Gas Reductions

  • Silver Level, 5% (2019)

Sustainability Best Practices

  • Platinum Level (2016)
  • Gold Level (2015)
Case Story

Planning for Healthy and Sustainable Communities:
National City Offers a Model

National City is a disadvantaged community located 5 miles south of downtown San Diego and 10 miles north of the Mexican border.  Pollutants from major freeways, industrial businesses, a port, and a military base negatively impact the air and water quality in the region. The emissions generated from these industrial facilities can increase rates of obesity, diabetes, asthma, and other serious health conditions. According to the statewide pollution screening tool, CalEnviroscreen, National City currently ranks among the top 5-10% of communities in California impacted by pollution. Local elected officials are hoping to change that with new policies and plans addressing housing and transportation options in the city.

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