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Source: City of El Cajon

Photo:  Community Garden at Little House

December 6, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon is currently underway with the development of a Climate Action Plan, a policy document intended to establish the City’s sustainable strategies. Identifying sustainable strategies for the City is a way to establish standards that can help improve El Cajon’s quality of life. 

What are sustainable strategies? 

Sustainable strategies are activities that help preserve natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint, and make a better environment. While we each have different community roles as property owners, business owners, residents, government officials and/or non-profit organizations, we can all do our part in improving El Cajon. Sustainable strategies might include:  

  • Using separate trash and recycle bins to ensure proper disposal of waste
  • Installing photovoltaic panels to use a renewable energy source 
  • Carpooling with coworkers or offering vanpool to employees to reduce air pollution 
  • Planting trees to produce clean oxygen 
  • Upgrading to efficient fixtures for light and water to conserve resources

What sustainable strategies do you use to make El Cajon a better place?

As the City continues the climate action planning process, we’ll feature community members that are already using sustainable strategies and in turn making El Cajon a better place to live, work and visit.  The El Cajon Collaborative, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build relationships, leverage resources and promote best practices to enhance the quality of life for children, youth and families in the community. The Collaborative operates out of Little House which is located at 131 Avocado Avenue in downtown El Cajon. They have an on-site recycling program, upgraded energy efficient lighting fixtures, and have a community garden that produces fresh food for seniors.  Carol Lewis, the Coordinator/Manager for the Collaborative, says they were recently awarded a Community Development Block Grant for the installation of photovoltaic panels, drought-tolerant landscaping and an efficient irrigation system. They’re looking forward to all the benefits in costs, efficiencies and for the environment. You can learn more about the Collaborative on their website:

 How can you participate in the process?

 If you’re a business owner, property owner, resident, and/or non-profit organization who is interested in being featured in our sustainable strategies articles, please let us know by calling (619) 441-1742 or emailing  Keep up with the latest news on the CAP development by visiting  


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