Adapting to Climate
San Diego City Council District 1 has miles of beautiful coastline that need to be treasured and protected against the threat of rising sea levels. As the climate of San Diego changes, wild fires, extreme weather events and coastal flooding will become more common. Kyle believes that climate change is the single greatest challenge facing humanity in coming decades.
With a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California San Diego, Kyle Heiskala is well versed in the science and politics surrounding climate change. As an undergraduate, he advocated for an update to UCSD's Climate Action Plan. Working collaboratively with a group of students and administrators, he pushed for the plan to receive its first update in 2013 since being written in 2008. Kyle was the student lead updating the transportation section of the plan and also worked on the overall framework as a veteran member of the Student Sustainability Collective at UCSD.
While working as a City Council Representative, Kyle gained extensive knowledge of the City of San Diego's recently updated Climate Action Plan which was adopted by the City Council in December of 2015. Implementation of the strategies in the plan will be a long term project that as City Councilmember, Kyle would prioritize.
With all this experience and more, Kyle is well positioned to be a strong advocate for strengthened environmental policies and programs to prepare San Diego for the impacts of climate change.