AREA OF INFLUENCE - COMMUNITY

Recognized Partners are working together to support safe neighborhoods and sustainable environments that provide clean and secure communities where people of all ages can live, work and play. Advancements in transportation offer an opportunity for the region to explore driverless vehicles; municipal parks provide space where children and families can gather and recharge; and community workshops and events improve awareness of a variety of topics such as identity theft or fire prevention for residents. In these ways, partner organizations and residents are working together to support healthy, safe and thriving communities, resulting in trends showing a lower crime rate countywide and fewer days with poor air quality since 2009.

PARTNERS BY THE NUMBERS

IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION

As the population of the San Diego regions steadily increases, safe and efficient transportation to work, school or home is a high priority for residents. Recognized Partners are collaborating across sectors to develop and integrate school-based programs and explore innovative ways to improve safety. Read their stories below:

 

  • Circulate San Diego educated and encouraged road safety in local schools as key strategies for reaching Vision Zero, a goal of having zero traffic deaths in San Diego by 2025.

“The Safe Walk Program is a great example of partnership between our schools, our parents, and our community. It takes a village to raise a child…and this program is a true example of our Escondido village in action.”

 

In Focus: Driving Towards a Safer Future

The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated the San Diego Region as one of ten proving grounds for autonomous vehicles nationwide. SANDAG, in partnership with Caltrans and the City of Chula Vista, will collectively form a Community of Practice to test driverless vehicles. As part of the nationwide pilot, proving ground sites will bring together auto manufacturers, local cities, public agencies and private companies to test autonomous vehicles at designated facilities. The test sites will share information and work together to develop best practices.

 

“This is great news for the City of Chula Vista,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “We look forward to working with the USDOT, SANDAG, and Caltrans in transforming transportation by testing the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles.”

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San Diego Association of Governments

PROTECTING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Local partners and government organizations are working to create programs and initiatives to bring more awareness to the importance of preserving our natural environment. From the mountains to the deserts, to our sandy beaches, residents have a significant impact on the region and the environment, and partners are strengthening efforts to reduce our footprint. Read their stories below:

 

“We are at the tip of the spear proving to the state and the nation that energy storage can be done in a cost-effective and reliable manner. This makes economic sense and is also great for the environment.”

 

In Focus: Connecting Communities for a Cleaner Region

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) hosts several events each year that bring San Diego residents together to pick up trash and learn ways to reduce waste. As part of Coastal Cleanup Day, a global movement to beautify our ecosystems, over 7,500 volunteers gathered at more than 100 sites across San Diego County and removed over 150,000 pounds of debris from beaches, canyons, creeks and parks.

 

ILACSD’s Zero Waste Workshop Series taught hundreds of participants how to create a zero waste life. Topics ranged from the zero waste home to zero waste organics. Participants used the knowledge gained during the workshops to make positive changes for themselves, their families and the environment, such as using homemade cleaning products and making meals from scratch using bulk items.

 

“The instructors challenged participants to make one zero waste change based on what they learned during the workshop,” said Steven Zampanti, participant at the 2016 ILACSD Zero Waste Summit. “I decided I never wanted to use disposable chopsticks again because they go straight to the landfill. I’ve been refusing the disposable chopsticks and bringing my own out for sushi ever since.”

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I Love A Clean San Diego

EMPOWERING YOUTH

The challenges that youth face change for each generation. Today’s youth are shaping up to become strong and resilient leaders in the future by learning know how to avoid crime, be social-media savvy and respond to our changing environment. Recognized Partners are working to ensure young people have the opportunity, information and resources they need to live and lead well. Read their stories below:

 

  • In the City of La Mesa, a Resident Leadership Academy graduate from Helix Charter High School partnered with the City of La Mesa Police Department to host “The L.I.T. Project: Linking Intergeneration’s Together,” which helped build positive relationships between community members and law enforcement.
  • The Identity Theft Resource Center provided workshops for Girl Scouts on media privacy settings.
  • As part of the “Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison” initiative, National Conflict Resolution Center helped 95 percent of referred youth avoid recidivism.
  • The Patio Playhouse Community and Youth Theatre held a Fire and Water Expo that focused on fire and life safety.
  • SAY San Diego and Project AWARE and many other partners in every sector hosted the San Diego Unity Games, a softball tournament between community groups and Law Enforcement.

"Building a healthy and safe community takes heart and effort from everyone who lives, plays, worships and works in the community – this is what we represent at the Unity Games.”

 

In Focus: Hands on Learning Helps Conservation Efforts

WILDCOAST engaged 150 students, including members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the Pauma and La Jolla Bands of Luisueño Indians, through its Floating Laboratory Project.

 

The project provides students from underserved and tribal communities an opportunity to conduct citizen science research aboard a commercial fishing vessel within two of San Diego County’s marine protected areas (MPAs). The students collected data on water quality, fish density and diversity, plankton density and diversity and human use.

 

This project has continued into 2017, engaging more and more students through 20 project cycles, which also include classroom presentations regarding MPAs, conservation and marine ecology. This project greatly increases WILDCOAST’s youth engagement and education capacity and builds support for the conservation of San Diego County’s critical MPAs.

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

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IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION

As the population of the San Diego regions steadily increases, safe and efficient transportation to work, school or home is a high priority for residents. Recognized Partners are collaborating across sectors to develop and integrate school-based programs and explore innovative ways to improve safety. Read their stories below:

 

  • Circulate San Diego educated and encouraged road safety in local schools as key strategies for reaching Vision Zero, a goal of having zero traffic deaths in San Diego by 2025.

“The Safe Walk Program is a great example of partnership between our schools, our parents, and our community. It takes a village to raise a child…and this program is a true example of our Escondido village in action.”

 

In Focus: Driving Towards a Safer Future

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated the San Diego Region as one of ten proving grounds for autonomous vehicles nationwide. SANDAG, in partnership with Caltrans and the City of Chula Vista, will collectively form a Community of Practice to test driverless vehicles. As part of the nationwide pilot, proving ground sites will bring together auto manufacturers, local cities, public agencies and private companies to test autonomous vehicles at designated facilities. The test sites will share information and work together to develop best practices.

 

“This is great news for the City of Chula Vista,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “We look forward to working with the USDOT, SANDAG, and Caltrans in transforming transportation by testing the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles.”

PROTECTING THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Local partners and government organizations are working to create programs and initiatives to bring more awareness to the importance of preserving our natural environment. From the mountains to the deserts, to our sandy beaches, residents have a significant impact on the region and the environment, and partners are strengthening efforts to reduce our footprint. Read their stories below:

 

“We are at the tip of the spear proving to the state and the nation that energy storage can be done in a cost-effective and reliable manner. This makes economic sense and is also great for the environment.”

 

In Focus: Connecting Communities for a Cleaner Region

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) hosts several events each year that bring San Diego residents together to pick up trash and learn ways to reduce waste. As part of Coastal Cleanup Day, a global movement to beautify our ecosystems, over 7,500 volunteers gathered at more than 100 sites across San Diego County and removed over 150,000 pounds of debris from beaches, canyons, creeks and parks.

 

ILACSD’s Zero Waste Workshop Series taught hundreds of participants how to create a zero waste life. Topics ranged from the zero waste home to zero waste organics. Participants used the knowledge gained during the workshops to make positive changes for themselves, their families and the environment, such as using homemade cleaning products and making meals from scratch using bulk items.

 

“The instructors challenged participants to make one zero waste change based on what they learned during the workshop,” said Steven Zampanti, participant at the 2016 ILACSD Zero Waste Summit. “I decided I never wanted to use disposable chopsticks again because they go straight to the landfill. I’ve been refusing the disposable chopsticks and bringing my own out for sushi ever since.”

EMPOWERING YOUTH

The challenges that youth face change for each generation. Today’s youth are shaping up to become strong and resilient leaders in the future by learning know how to avoid crime, be social-media savvy and respond to our changing environment. Recognized Partners are working to ensure young people have the opportunity, information and resources they need to live and lead well. Read their stories below:

 

  • In the City of La Mesa, a Resident Leadership Academy graduate from Helix Charter High School partnered with the City of La Mesa Police Department to host “The L.I.T. Project: Linking Intergeneration’s Together,” which helped build positive relationships between community members and law enforcement.
  • The Identity Theft Resource Center provided workshops for Girl Scouts on media privacy settings.
  • As part of the “Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison” initiative, National Conflict Resolution Center helped 95 percent of referred youth avoid recidivism.
  • The Patio Playhouse Community and Youth Theatre held a Fire and Water Expo that focused on fire and life safety.
  • SAY San Diego and Project AWARE and many other partners in every sector hosted the San Diego Unity Games, a softball tournament between community groups and Law Enforcement.

"Building a healthy and safe community takes heart and effort from everyone who lives, plays, worships and works in the community – this is what we represent at the Unity Games.”

 

In Focus: Hands on Learning Helps Conservation Efforts

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

WILDCOAST engaged 150 students, including members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and the Pauma and La Jolla Bands of Luisueño Indians, through its Floating Laboratory Project.

 

The project provides students from underserved and tribal communities an opportunity to conduct citizen science research aboard a commercial fishing vessel within two of San Diego County’s marine protected areas (MPAs). The students collected data on water quality, fish density and diversity, plankton density and diversity and human use.

 

This project has continued into 2017, engaging more and more students through 20 project cycles, which also include classroom presentations regarding MPAs, conservation and marine ecology. This project greatly increases WILDCOAST’s youth engagement and education capacity and builds support for the conservation of San Diego County’s critical MPAs.