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Founding Documents

San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership Charter


The San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership is a consortium of the region’s businesses, organizations, governments, and academia. The intent of the Partnership is to lead and promote practices to support sustainable communities that are secure, economically prosperous, environmentally responsible and healthy places in which to live and work.


Sustainability has emerged as a global theme of the 21st century. It is a concept that balances the interconnectedness of the environment, economy, and the quality of life and that recognizes the importance of our stewardship over each. We share the goal of establishing partnerships to advance policies, research, technologies, and programs supporting a more sustainable San Diego region for all generations.


This bi-national and interregional partnership shares a vision for a vibrant future that includes the careful and intelligent use of resources; restoration and preservation of the natural environment; and a higher quality of life for both present and future generations encouraging sustainable practices and technologies into such areas as energy, housing, public and private facilities and transportation.


All members of the Partnership are committed to produce tangible results within their organizations that are consistent with the vision. These individual actions will collectively contribute to a sustainable region.

Our Pledge and Commitment

We the undersigned will help guide the San Diego region toward a sustainable future. To achieve this, we commit our participation and support to the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership in this innovative approach to regional stewardship.

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SDRSP Membership Agreement

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Partnership Goals

  • Develop website into the clearinghouse for all regional sustainability activities and programs
  • Publish an objective framework and set of regional sustainability metrics and indicators.
  • Develop and provide programs and services which drive the above metrics
  • Ensure organizational sustainability by creating a financial plan including a 501c.3 strategy
  • Additional objectives to be defined with Partnership at October 5 meeting
  • Identify the critical regional indicators and metrics of sustainability in San Diego
  • Increase Partnership signatories from 35 to 40
  • Host/have four education workshops/working meetings
  • Create website to have information exchange and sharing best practices
  • Assist fifteen individual organization’s sustainability efforts
  • Conduct a log contest for community involvement
  • Conduct a joint workshop between K-12 and college students

Sample Sustainability Policies

Policy Endorsing Sustainable Practices for Commercial Real Estate Adopted by NAIOP

Leading commercial real estate organization calls on members to utilize “every usable, cost-effective, sustainable strategy available.”

The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), the nation’s leading trade association for developers, owners, investors and other professionals in industrial, office and mixed-use commercial real estate, has announced an official association policy on sustainable development, which was ratified by its national Board of Directors.

The NAIOP Sustainable Development Policy reads as follows:

  • The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) values the earth’s resources and recognizes the positive impact that sustainable development has on the environment and the properties its members create.
  • NAIOP believes that the intelligent use of energy, materials and other resources yield environmental benefits, and that the lifecycle of a building – from site development through design, construction, renovation, operations and demolition – should strive to employ every usable, cost-effective, sustainable strategy available.
  • NAIOP applauds states, municipalities and communities that offer incentives for sustainable building that enable responsible developers to build better buildings and meet the needs of environmentally-conscious owners and occupants, both today and in the future.
  • NAIOP encourages its members to seek education and certification resources made available by NAIOP or various organizations that provide an understanding of developing and maintaining high-performance properties.

The policy statement is the outcome of a Green Task Force established in March 2007 to examine sustainable development and recommend how NAIOP should address this important issue within the industry and among its members. The Task Force comprised 13 NAIOP members from across the nation and varying professions that contribute to the development industry. The group researched and made recommendations in five categories: policy; education; research; strategic alliances; and legislative initiatives.

NAIOP is one of the first associations to sanction a policy statement that calls on the development community to develop environmentally-responsible spaces. To support its members, NAIOP has also launched an online Green REsource (Real Estate Resource) Center that brings together a collection of materials related to sustainable development, including research reports and publications, current legislative issues and upcoming education opportunities, and is available online at

Interview opportunities regarding the policy statement are available and may be established by contacting Kathryn Hamilton at (703) 904-7100.

San Diego International Airport Sustainability Policy

In February, 2008, San Diego International Airport — owned and operated by the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority — became one of the first airports in the United States to adopt a formal Sustainability Policy. The policy was developed by a cross-functional team of in-house staff following a series of in-depth workshops and seminars where the Airport Authority’s senior management heard from and dialogued with outside experts in sustainability.

The policy endorses the “EONS” concept of sustainability developed for the aviation industry, which calls for a balanced approach to the principles of (E) economic prosperity, (O) operational Excellence, (N) natural resource conservation and (S) social responsibility. The full text of the policy can be viewed here.

Document Folders


Partnership Logos

Official downloadable logo artwork for the Partnership is available to authorized people via this password-protected page. To gain access, you need to know the password, or you may request it from Steven Shultz at