Palo Alto has long been a leader in sustainability, making impressive - and in some cases remarkable - progress toward reducing its carbon impacts, greenhouse gas emissions, and resource consumption since establishing its first Climate Protection Plan in 2007.

Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability is the capacity 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 while addressing 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 approving a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan
 - and offers a wide variety of programs that may help you take actions enhance your own sustainability efforts.

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 

bikes and cars in downtown

Water Conservation
Storm Water Rebates 
Water Quality
Protecting the Bay

water falls over reservoir

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: Dec 1, 2016