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.

Earth Day 2014 Report to City Council

Climate Change
Cool Carbon Calculator 
trees in meadow Waste
Zero Waste Palo Alto  
Hazardous Waste Program
signs for recycle and compost
Customer Connect
Smart Energy Rebate
Lighting Information
Solar Water Heating
Photovoltaics/Solar Electric
Home Energy Reports
solar panels at baylands

Palo Alto free Shuttles 
Electric Vehicles
Safe Routes to School 

bikes and cars in downtown

Water Conservation & Rebates
Storm Water Rebates 
Tap Water Information
Protecting Creeks and the Bay
Less Toxic Pest Control

water falls over reservoir Built Environment
Green Building
Success Stories 
home with native garden

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015