The City of Palo Alto set an aggressive goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030 (the "80 x 30" goal). This far exceeds the state of California's world-leading reduction goal of 80 percent by 2050.
While 80 x 30 is the overarching sustainability goal, we have several equally important goals in the following areas: Energy, Mobility, Electric Vehicles, Water, Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, Natural Environment, and Zero Waste.
A sustainable Palo Alto will meet the needs of today’s residents while protecting ecosystems for future generations. Sustainability can be thought of as a three-legged stool, comprised of social equity (people), economic health (prosperity), and environmental stewardship (planet). Collectively, these “legs” are the foundation for a strong and healthy quality of life. In order for its people to thrive — today and tomorrow — Palo Alto must strengthen all three pillars.