Join the Conversation: Palo Alto’s Sustainability Planning

June 2020

Join the Conversation: Palo Alto’s Sustainability Planning

Share your Input: Engaging on Sustainability

2020 S/CAP Icons Horizontal with Margin

In early 2020, the City launched a 2020 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Update to help meet our sustainability goals, including our goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

In response to continued social distancing requirements, we have created a virtual public forum for the 2020 S/CAP: We are now seeking input on the 2020 S/CAP Draft Co-Benefits through the virtual public forum.

In April, we solicited feedback from the community on draft 2020 S/CAP Potential Goals and Key Actions through a 2020 S/CAP Community Engagement Webinar, our Sustainability website, and at an April 13, 2020 City Council Study Session. Staff reviewed all feedback received and incorporated it into the updated 2020 S/CAP Proposed Goals and Key Actions. We are currently adding the updated Goals and Key Actions to the virtual public forum so that you can continue to provide feedback. 

For more information on the 2020 S/CAP Update Process visit: or e-mail

We hope you are staying healthy and weathering through these unprecedented times.

Get Involved: Sustainability at City Council, June 16

Palo Alto City Council will evaluate the updated 2020 S/CAP Potential Goals and Key Actions – focusing on the Key Actions with the highest potential for reducing GHG emissions - on June 16 (originally scheduled for June 8). The agenda and viewing instructions for the meeting are posted on the City Council Agendas webpage. Written public comments may be submitted by email to We hope you'll join us.

Calls for Inclusion and Joint Message of Hope from Palo Alto

A message of community and hope from City Manager Ed Shikada, Police Chief Robert Jonsen, Reverend Kaloma Smith, and Pastor Paul Bains

In these uncertain and unprecedented times, our unified message is to elevate and uplift the themes of local and national community peaceful protests sharing loss, anger, and a call for change through equity and inclusion. Our prayers and condolences are with George Floyd’s family during this challenging time and as a nation, and we can only imagine the pain that they are enduring. We recognize the calls for systemic change that this and other tragedies demand. We must stand together in response calling for inclusion through peaceful exchange and dialogue.

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