Climate Action: The Road to 80 X 30

April 2017

Climate Action: The Road to 80 X 30

Progress on our Path to 2030

Palo Alto continues to lead on sustainability and climate action, and has made substantial progress in meeting its climate goals and advancing its sustainability commitments.

Sustainability Implementation Plan (SIP) Icons

Last April, City Council unanimously approved the goal of an 80 percent reduction in Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) below 1990 levels by 2030 - 20 years ahead of the State of California's 80 x 50 target. As highlighted in the Earth Day report, Palo Alto cut GHG emissions by an estimated 37 percent from 1990 levels – great progress and still a long way to go. You can find more information about the Earth Day Report, including a summary of Palo Alto’s progress and future challenges, here.

While the Earth Day Report focuses on Palo Alto’s past sustainability progress, the 2017-2020 Sustainability Implementation Plan provides recommendations for the path forward to reach the 80 x 30 goal. Fewer cars, more electrification, less waste, greener buildings, flood protection, and ways to finance it all are among Key Actions City Council will consider on April 17. You can find an overview of the new proposal here.

The City of Palo Alto’s Office of Sustainability led an initiative with six Urban Sustainability Directors Network member cities and HIP Investor to develop a toolkit for Financing Sustainable Cities. This action-oriented “how-to" toolkit for Chief Sustainability Officers and Chief Financial Officers catalogs funding mechanisms to support cities' bold climate action and sustainability goals. You can download the Financing Sustainable Cities Toolkit here.

Palo Alto and Sustainability News of interest

  •  Mayor Scharff's Special Message on Climate Change Letter
  •  Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of 2017: James Keene
  •  Celebrating the 2017 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards
  •  CPAU Scores Top Marks with Residential Electric Customers
  •  Mayor's "Green Business Leader" Recognition Awards
  •  Register for City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops


•  April 22 Earth Day Event
•  April 17 City Council Meeting

Save the Date: April 22 Great Race & Earth Day Festival 

Mark your calendar for the Earth Day Festival and Great Race for Saving Water on Saturday, April 22 at the Baylands Athletic Center.

Earth Day and Great Race 2016

This FREE event includes art, bike tours, bird walks, EV test drives, live music, prizes, zoo animals, community tabling, a visit from Smokey the bear, and food and fun for the whole family! Bike to the event, and get extra raffle tickets and a free bike tune-up and repair! Plus, there will be a station to trick out your bike with RAFT’s arts and crafts. Volunteers are still needed - sign up here.

Sustainability at City Council on April 17th

City Council will review the 2017-2020 Sustainability Implementation Plan and consider "Key Actions” detailed in the proposal. Council will also hear highlights from the 2017 Earth Day Report - for example, the City is on track to reach a Renewable Portfolio Standard of up to 60 percent in 2017. The agenda for the meeting is posted here. Please join us.