Sustainability and Climate Action Plan


The City of Palo Alto held a community summit on January 24, 2016 to discuss the new Sustainability & Climate Action Plan (SCAP) we are developing. A recap of the event can be found here.

Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Underway The City launched its new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) initiative in August 2014 to chart a path to a more sustainable future, find ways to improve our quality of life, grow prosperity and create a thriving and resilient community—all while dramatically reducing our carbon footprint. Palo Alto is already a world leader in climate protection strategies. The S/CAP will build on that leadership — and our successes exceeding the goals of our 2007 climate plan — to create an ambitious plan that also considers broader issues of sustainability, such as land use and biological resources.

In coordination with ongoing efforts — including the Comprehensive Plan Update now underway—and with significant community input, the S/CAP will clearly articulate the challenges facing our city, a vision for the future, and a set of cohesive strategies to realize that vision.

Climate Ideas Expo: November 18, 2014
In support of the S/CAP the City hosted an interactive “ideas expo” to invite ideas from the community to help advance the City’s sustainability goals. This dynamic event introduced the S/CAP and highlight global best practices and municipal advancements in sustainability. Community members shared their ideas and proposals to help accelerate the pace of change in Palo Alto. And to help answer the question: What can a small, innovative city contribute to the sustainability revolution?

Key themes that emerged during the evening include strategies to enable:      

  • Fuel switching to cleaner fuels (e.g., electricity)
  • Transportation shifts away from personal vehicles
  • Innovative financing approaches
  • Behavior change and community engagement

Click here to see a summary of the workshop. A list of presented posters can be found here.

Online Engagement Opportunity
We also invited your ideas through the City’s online discussion forum, Open City Hall. Click here for a summary of the ideas shared on Open City Hall.

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2016