Earth Day Report: Progress Towards 80 x 30

April 2018

Progress Towards 80 x 30

2018-2020 Sustainability Implementation Plan

Sustainability at City Council on April 16

Palo Alto's annual Earth Day Report goes to City Council at 5 pm Monday, April 16 in a study session that will give the Council and Palo Alto residents the opportunity to review the City and community’s considerable accomplishments in 2017, and consider the issues and opportunities ahead of us.

Accomplishments include:

  • Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 43% from 1990 levels—on our way to “80 by 30.”
  • Adopting the 2018-2020 Sustainability Implementation Plan, the next step in the implementation of our Sustainability and Climate Action Plan; 
  • Enacting CPAU’s carbon neutral natural gas program;
  • Implementing a new Green Building Ordinance and Energy Reach Code;
  • Beginning a one-year pilot of the Bay Area’s first all-electric refuse collection truck; and,
  • Diverting 82 percent of solid waste from landfill.

Some of the key issues and opportunities ahead of us include:

  • Maintaining progress—and attention on long-term climatic shifts;
  • Navigating the decline of natural gas & the rise of Distributed Energy Resources (renewables+storage+EV2G);
  • Upgrading our existing building stock; and,
  • Embedding sustainability into City policies and operations.

Join us in Council Chambers (250 Hamilton St.) or watch on Government Channel 26.

April 14 Earth Day and Great Race for Saving Water

Join the City of Palo Alto and community partners this Saturday, April 14 for a full day of fun and learning.

Earth Day and Great Race 2016

The day starts off at 9 am at the Palo Alto Baylands Athletic Center with the family-friendly Great Race for Saving Water, a 5K run/walk and kids 1K fun run to raise awareness about water resources, conservation and environmental health. Don’t miss your chance to chase the “running toilet!”

The fun continues with an Earth Day festival offering team awards, raffle prizes, live music, food trucks, electric vehicle (EV) ride & drive, guided bird walk, group bike ride, nature walks, zoo animals, arts & crafts, Smokey the Bear, community booths, environmental and public safety resources. There’s something fun for everyone!

Full event details available at