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.

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 in 2016 - and offers a wide variety of programs that may help you take action to enhance your own sustainability efforts.

Climate Change
Sustainability for Residents

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Protecting the Bay
Hazardous Waste
Zero Waste Palo Alto

signs for recycle and compost

Carbon Neutral Portfolio

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

Electric Vehicles
Palo Alto free Shuttles
Safe Routes to School 

bikes and cars in downtown

Water Conservation
Water Quality
Water Use Guidelines
Storm Water Rebates

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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: Apr 4, 2017