Sustainability Event Recaps

Engaging the community is an important part of our sustainability efforts. Here are a few of our past sustainability events.

Sustainability & Climate Action Summit 2016


2016 S/CAP Summit Attendees

The City of Palo Alto held a community summit on January 24, 2016 that brought together more than 500 engaged and committed citizens who worked on the challenges of water, energy, and transportation. Their ideas fed into a draft Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) that laid out a general framework and proposed a bold goal: a reduction of 80 percent of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by the year 2030. This far exceeds the state of California’s world-leading reduction goals of 80 percent by 2050 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 – something Palo Alto has already almost accomplished by reducing GHG emissions 36 percent. For more information on the event, please visit our 2016 Sustainability & Climate Action Plan Summit page.

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 highlighted 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? We also invited your ideas through the City’s online discussion forum, Open City Hall. A summary of the ideas shared on Open City Hall can be found on our Open City Hall Summary page(PDF, 146KB)

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

A summary of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Ideas Expo can be found on the Workshop Summary(PDF, 139KB). A list of presented posters can be found on the Climate Ideas Expo Posters page.