Sustainability – Doing our part

News ImageNo Drugs Down the Drain
August 12, 2014Don't flush expired or unused drugs down toilets or drains. Dispose of medications at a take-back location.
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News ImageReduce Plastics in Our Creeks and Bay
June 26, 2014Plastic items like single-use water bottles, food wrappers and "Styrofoam" pieces continue to end up in our creeks. This page summarizes the City's work on reducing plastics in our local creeks, wetlands and Bay.
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News ImageReduce High Winter Gas Bills
January 24, 2013Now that cold weather is here, use as many of these tips as possible to stay warm and save on natural gas!
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News ImageCommunity Environmental Action Partnership
February 7, 2008Joining the CEAP is a chance to get involved, create positive change, and have a voice in the direction taken by your community.
( visit the CEAP home page )
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News ImageAn Eco-Home
June 26, 2014Find out what you can do inside and outside your home to help protect our creeks and Bay. Get helpful information on disposing of old medicines, gardening with less-toxic pest control and washing your car!
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2009 Plastic Bag Restrictions
June 26, 2014The purpose of this summary is to provide information about Palo Alto's Comprehensive Reusable Bag Program, and list reports provided to the City Manager's office.
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Reporting Spills, Dumping, and Back-Ups
May 15, 2012If you notice any unusual substance in or around a storm drain, or if you see someone dumping anything into the storm drain, street, or gutter, to local creeks or the Bay, or elsewhere in the outdoor environment, call 650-329-2413 immediately!
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Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Info and Report
January 2, 2013Learn more about the City of Palo Alto's partnership with the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Responsible Appliance Disposal program and view the 2010 report.
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News ImageHow To Keep Your Sanitary Sewer Working Properly
December 20, 2011Ways to prevent sewer backups and avoid expensive emergency plumbing.
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Cool Your Commute
April 21, 2008With the price of gas at the pump soaring, it's time to Cool Your Commute.
( visit the earth month home page )
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Cool Your Commute - Success Stories
April 21, 2008If they can do it anyone can!
( visit the earth month home page )
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Forget Fossil Fuels
March 31, 2008Do your part to reduce your home's dependence on fossil fuels. Find out what you can do.
( visit the earth month home page )
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Forget Fossil Fuels - Success Stories
March 31, 2008This week Earth Month 2008 highlights successful businesses, organizations and residents that have reduced their building's or home's reliance on fossil fuels.
( visit the earth month home page )
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Palo Alto Approves Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
December 5, 2007The goal of the Climate Protection Plan is to present a comprehensive inventory of municipal (City government-generated) and community-generated emissions, propose reduction targets, and propose practical steps to reach those targets.
( visit the environment in palo alto pages )
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Sustainability Basics
June 15, 2007To meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
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Copper
March 28, 2007Excessive amounts of copper can be toxic to the Bay's ecosystem. Find out how you can reduce the amount of copper being released to the environment.
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About the Tree Ordinance
March 14, 2007The Tree Preservation Ordinance is the City's primary regulatory tool to provide for orderly protection of specified trees, to protect property values and to avoid significant negative impacts on adjacent properties.
( more info about trees )
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News ImageFats, Oils and Grease
June 26, 2014Pouring fats, oils and grease down your kitchen drain can result in backups of sewage in your yard, and eventually to the storm drains in your street. Restaurants and homes can face the same costly problem to clean up and repair.
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News ImageRWQCP School Outreach Programs
March 28, 2007Regional Water Quality Control Plant school outreach programs are available to teach your students about the pollution prevention.
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