Sustainability and Climate Action Community Engagement

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Palo Alto has long been a leader in sustainability, adopting one of the first municipal climate action plans in the U.S. in 2007, delivering carbon neutral electricity, and partnering with our community to develop a vision for an innovative, carbon neutral city of the future. Poised to take the next step as a climate and sustainability leader - with one of the boldest municipal climate goals in the country - Palo Alto is on the right path to achieve a prosperous, resilient city for all residents, thanks in part to the contributions of hundreds of community members.

In September 2020, we launched a webinar series to highlight various topics addressed in the 2021 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP). Here is the full list of engagement opportunities, proposed dates and times, and recordings from completed webinars. Webinar recordings are available on the Sustainability Playlist of the City’s YouTube Channel. 

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Date S/CAP Series Topic Webinar Info


3 - 4:30 pm

Sea Level Rise General Update


4 - 4:30 pm

Sustainability and Climate Action Plan: Palo Alto’s Efforts to Act on Climate Change


6 - 7 pm

All-Electric Homes 101


7 - 8 pm

Getting to 80 x 30: Your Transportation Vision for Palo Alto



6:30 - 7:30 pm

The Importance of the Natural Environment in Meeting Our Sustainability Goals
4/19/2021 Preliminary Impact Analysis Overview for the 4/19 Council Meeting
Spring 2021 Sea Level Rise Update on Adaptation Plan Check back for information on how to RSVP
Spring 2021 Community Meetings Check back for information on how to RSVP


Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Community Engagement Workshop #1

The City of Palo Alto originally scheduled an in-person Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Community Workshop for March 31, 2020 to get input on the first draft of the S/CAP Potential Goals and Key Actions. Due to the Santa Clara County Shelter-in-Pace Order that went into effect on March 17, 2020, the workshop was reconfigured into an 8-part, on-demand virtual webinar that was available from March 31 to April 14, 2020. 204 people participated in the Virtual Workshop and provided feedback on the draft goals and key actions. Feedback from the Virtual Workshop, along with all feedback received between January 22 - April 30, 2020, was used to create a Summary of All Input on S/CAP Potential Goals and Key Actions, and Community Engagement Workshop #1 through April 30 2020.

Previous community engagement opportunities can be found at Sustainability Event Recaps.