Sustainability Efforts

What is Environmental Sustainability in Palo Alto?

On April 2, 2001, Palo Alto City Council adopted a Sustainability Policy, affirming its intent to be a sustainable community - one which meets its current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In adopting this policy, the City of Palo Alto accepts its responsibility, through its operations, programs and services, to:

Economy:
Maintain a healthy, thriving and well-balanced economy comprising a blend of large and small business, which encourages the development of independent businesses and is resilient to the economic changes common to California's economy.

Social Equity:
Continuously improve the quality of life for all Palo Alto community members without adversely affecting others.

Environment:
Enhance the quality of the air, water, land and other natural resources by minimizing human impacts on local, regional and global  ecosystems through greater conservancy, reduced pollution, increased efficiency, and protection of native vegetation, fish, wildlife habitat and other ecosystems.

In working toward these goals, the City will, when appropriate, align and partner with community groups, businesses, non-profits, and neighboring communities.

Sustainability is a guiding influence for all of our work. Examples include:

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017