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Sustainability is the capacity to endure or as commonly also described, to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of well-being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions. Dialogue about this definition focused on the necessary aspects of sustainability that must be addressed known as the "Three E's" - economy, environment and social equity.

The City has undertaken a wide range of initiatives to improve the sustainability performance of both government operations and the community at large—including updating our
2007 Climate Protection Plan
— and offers a wide variety of programs that may help you take actions enhance your own sustainability efforts.

CSO Gil Friend Keynote: Georgetown University Energy Prize, March 17, 2016 (audio) 
Click here for more information about the Georgetown University Energy Prize

2016 Earth Day Report to City Council 

Sustainability News / Council, Climate, Mobility and More Newsletter

Climate Change
Sustainability for Residents

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Zero Waste Palo Alto  
Hazardous Waste

signs for recycle and compost

Customer Connect
Smart Energy Rebate
Lighting Information
Solar Water Heating
Residential Solar
solar panels at baylands

Palo Alto free Shuttles
Electric Vehicles
Safe Routes to School 

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Water Conservation
Storm Water Rebates 
Water Quality
Protecting the Bay

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Built Environment
Green Building
Outdoor Water Efficiency
The Road to Zero Net Energy

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Contact Information:

Gil Friend

Chief Sustainability Officer
(650) 329-2447

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2016