In celebration of Earth Day, the City of Palo Alto recently highlighted the impressive progress our community has made in achieving its Climate Protection Plan goals. Examples include:
· Estimated greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in 2012 for the Palo Alto community as a whole were 28 percent lower than 1990 emission levels. This is significant because the state has set a goal of reducing emissions by 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050.
· Estimated GHG from City government operations in 2012 were 53 percent below 2005 levels, which far exceeds the Council’s goal to reduce these emissions by 20 percent by 2012.
· In addition to making significant progress in reducing the carbon footprint of its facilities, the City estimates it has also saved $500,000 over last year through lowering electric and gas usage.
In addition to highlighting progress on its Climate Action Plan (adopted by the City Council in 2007), the City of Palo Alto is celebrating Earth Day with a number of events, including:
April 20 Baylands Earth Day Celebration
April 20 Green Gardening---Compost Basics Workshop
April 21 Repair Café
April 27 Great Race for Water Savings—5K Fun Run and Walk
May 2 EcoHome Open House
May 5 “Bringing Back The Natives” Garden Tour
Visit City Earth Day 2013 to discover more of what there is to know about sustainability in Palo Alto and what you can do to participate in our community’s progress towards a healthier planet.