Environmental Sustainability

Creating an environmentally sustainable community has always been a top priority in Solana Beach. Since becoming the first City in the State of California to ban smoking on its public beaches in 2003, Solana Beach has been a trail blazer for municipal environmental action--the first to ban plastic bags, the first to establish a Community Choice Energy program, and more.

Despite significant progress, there is more work that urgently needs to be done to scale back global warming and ensure our City and region can adapt to whatever climate changes may occur.  To emphasize the urgency, City Council declared a Climate Emergency on August 26, 2020.

Check out the City's Climate Action Plan 

Policy Initiatives

Solana Beach has been an early adopter of many environmental policies later implemented by other jurisdictions and even by the State of California. 

Ongoing Initiatives:

Historical Highlights:

Coastal Planning Programs

The City of Solana Beach is a proactive leader in developing a comprehensive shoreline management program in response to sea level rise, storm damage, sediment management and other challenges to our coastal areas. All coastal planning programs are managed by the Community Services Department: Find out more 

Organics Recycling & Food Donation (SB 1383)

Visit this page to find out what you need to know about Senate Bill 1383 and its requirements on proper disposal of organic waste and edible food donation.

How do I recycle or dispose of Household Hazardous or E-Waste Properly?

Visit this page for information about how to recycle properly and for how to dispose of old electronics or household hazardous materials like paints and used oil.