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KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center present Community Heroes, honoring individuals who give selflessly to build civility and community in San Diego.

Questions about the Community Heroes project? Contact Clare Pister, KPBS Community Engagement Manager, at (619) 594-2487 or

Climate Change

Climate Change Coverage on KPBS

Former VP Al Gore Warns Salk Audience Of Rapidly Warming Climate

The former vice president warns a San Diego audience that climate change is already happening.

California Could See Storm Damages Costing A Billion Dollars Each Year

California can expect to sustain significant economic damage from storm systems known as atmospheric rivers.

How To Reduce Food Waste This Thanksgiving

Individuals throw out an average of 20 pounds of food per month, making food the single largest item disposed of in landfills in the United States.

Oysters To Serve As Biological Sensors In San Diego Estuaries

San Diego researchers hope oysters give them a unique peek into the health of local estuaries.

After Wet Winter, Why Is Tijuana Running Low On Water?

Earlier this month Tijuana officials announced it would conduct wide-ranging water shutoffs for the next two months, in an attempt to replenish a vital reservoir that is perilously low.

California Gets Good Marks Planning For Sea-Level Rise

California gets the nation’s best marks for protecting the coast in the latest Heal the Bay state-of-the-beach survey.

Climate Activists Cast Shade On San Diego's Ambitious Tree Planting Efforts

An ambitious effort to boost the number and size of trees in the city of San Diego faces a difficult timetable.

San Diego Climate Researcher Joins Thousands Of Scientists In Declaring A 'Climate Emergency'

More than 11,000 climate scientists signed a declaration this week warning of a "climate emergency" and urging the need for new ways to measure the effects of a warming planet.

State Officials Praise SANDAG's Housing Plan

State housing officials have given high marks to the San Diego Association of Governments for the planning agency's proposal to require more housing in communities with a lot of jobs and access to mass transit.

San Diego Catholic Leaders Get Grim Picture On Climate Change From Scripps Scientist

San Diego Catholics got a dark view of the planet’s future from one the world’s top climate change scientists.

What is Community Heroes?

In January 2017, KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center were pleased to launch a new local initiative: Community Heroes. The goal of Community Heroes is to honor ordinary individuals who give selflessly to benefit their community and have actively made it a better place.

KPBS and NCRC seek nominations for heroes from the public based on topics, ranging from health to poverty, from inequity to the environment. Four heroes are chosen annually, with the first honored in the spring of 2017. In selecting the honorees, a committee of volunteers look for individuals who embody service and selflessness, who have shown a commitment to effectively collaborating with those around them, and who reflect the diversity of our region.

See a full list of the Community Heroes.

Archive of Local Heroes

Community Heroes is a continuation of a program called Local Heroes, a partnership between KPBS and Union Bank. The program ran from 1998 - 2016 and was structured around heritage months, honoring individuals who were and are making a difference in sixteen diverse communities in San Diego.

Click here to see an archive of the remarkable San Diegans who were honored as Local Heroes in the past.