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FAQs on sustainability
What are the city’s Sustainability Guiding Principles?

In 2007 the City Council adopted Sustainability Guiding Principles and Environmental Guiding Principles that articulate the framework for a sustainable community, and feature three main components:

·         Social – the creation of places where people live, work, play and come together in social interactions

·         Economic – the creation of an economic system that provides the necessary fiscal resources for the community and the government, and be financially healthy

·         Environmental – the care and stewardship of the environment and the interface between people and the natural and constructed open spaces that contribute to the overall health of the community.

The goal is to provide a high quality of life for generations to come by striking a long-term balance between the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to a sustainable community.


What are the city’s Environmental Guiding Principles?

Adopted by the City Council in 2007, the Environmental Guiding Principles are more focused guidelines that address the natural and human-made environment.  They include support for an ethic of conservation for non-renewable resources; clean air and water; diverse and drought resistant water supply; protection, preservation and restoration of the natural and human-made environment; waste reduction and recycling; efficient transportation and low emission fuel sources; and sound procurement decisions.


What is the city doing in support of the Environmental Guiding Principles?

The city has updated the municipal code and implemented internal policies to encourage sustainable practices in many aspects of city operations, from building, to fleet vehicle management, to procurement.  The city recently completed a variety of projects to advance its sustainability efforts, such as street light retrofits, implementation of a traffic management center, installation of automated water meter readers, and the completion of bicycle, pedestrian and trails master plans that provide for non-motorized transportation routes.  The city completed a greenhouse gas inventory and performed facilities assessments to prepare and lay the groundwork for future activities related to energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.  Long-standing programs such as the Habitat Management Program, Storm Water Protection Program and Water Conservation Program remain in place to assure consistent commitment and adherence to environmentally sustainable policies and practices.  Partnerships with local stakeholders, such as the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, SANDAG, Center for Natural Lands Management, and many others, have facilitated the promotion of sustainable practices to residents and within city departments. 


How do the Sustainability and Environmental Guiding Principles reflect the Carlsbad Community Vision?

The main components of the framework for sustainability – social, economic, and environmental – formed the basis of the Carlsbad Community Vision, a set of values and vision statements developed as a result of the city’s Envision Carlsbad community engagement program.  The Carlsbad Community Vision provides specific guidance on community sustainability priorities based on input from thousands of community members and assists with further implementing the Sustainability and Environmental Guiding Principles.