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New City Staff:
Welcome, Clem!
- Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street

Clem Brown.
Photo Julie Maxey-Allison.
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He has plans for our future! Clem Brown, in the new position of Environmental Sustainability/Special Project Manager for Del Mar, is working toward significant goals, exploring strategies for guiding and implementing Del Mar’s compliance with the new initiatives adopted by the City Council. These are the Climate Action Plan (CAP), a package of policies that will benefit our environment, approved June 6, 2016, and Complete Streets, approved October 16, 2017, as well as many other sustainability programs. He is the staff liaison to the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board (SAB).

Prior to joining Del Mar, Clem worked for the City of San Diego as a Program Manager in its Transportation & Storm Water Department. His background is in natural resource management, CEQA and environmental policy. He earned his BS in Forestry from Virginia Polytechnic State University and an MPA in Public Administration from George Washington University.

Clem is enthusiastic about working with day to day operations in the city that moves us forward to meet the CAP goals. They are to reduce Del Mar’s greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2020 and 50% by 2035 and the renewable energy goal of 50% by 2020, and 100% by 2035. His focus is also to “adjust to the effects of climate change, current and anticipated, such as sea level rise and water supply shortages as well as using existing resources more efficiently.” This translates, among other issues, to creating a renewable energy program, a zero waste plan, switching the city’s fleet to electric vehicles, and facilitating safe bike lanes and pedestrian crossings.

Clem hopes to partner with North Coast cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside to amplify the impact of environmental improvement. Solana Beach started early and is advancing on their program. “It is time to get projects started.” These include “putting solar panels on city properties, exploring the bike share program, getting rigorous about recycling.” Supplying the city with more recycling and trash bins would be “an immediate low cost improvement.”
To keep residents informed, he and the SAB, a group who have “great knowledge and a lot to offer,” will host future presentations similar to the November 7th event on Community Choice Energy.

During his off time Clem enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and spending quality time with his wife, Abigail, and 18-month-old daughter, Madeleine.

Let’s encourage Clem to improve our environment for Del Mar and, indeed, for Madeleine.

 

 

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