Join us on August 12 for the first Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

Sustainability eNews

August 2021

Join the Conversation: Getting to 80 x 30


Acting Now for a Resilient Future

 

Share your input: Inaugural Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee Meeting

In early 2020, the City launched an update to the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) to develop the strategies needed to meet our sustainability goals, including our goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 aka the “80x30” goal.

City staff proposed goals and key actions in seven areas: Energy, Mobility, Electric Vehicles, Water, Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, Natural Environment, and Zero Waste. The community provided feedback on the first two drafts of the goals and key actions. The final draft version of the goals and key actions is now complete.

The Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee was formed by City Council on April 19, 2021 to guide the development, implementation, and communication of the S/CAP. This new City Council Ad Hoc committee will complement the work of the City Council and staff on our sustainability and climate action efforts and allows for more in-depth discussion on various topics of the S/CAP on a monthly basis.

The inaugural meeting of the S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee is Thursday, August 12 from 9:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom.

We invite you to join to learn more about the S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee and provide your input on (1) the proposed schedule and topics and (2) the overall S/CAP timeline. Participants will have the opportunity to provide a 2-minute public comment at the meeting, or you can submit comments and questions ahead of time to sustainability@cityofpaloalto.org.

 

Pre-registration is required - Register today!

 

The S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee is not subject to the requirements of the Brown Act. There will not be an agenda packet, the meeting will not be recorded, and minutes will not be taken. However, information about future meetings, including Open Town Hall Surveys, will be posted on our S/CAP Community Engagement page.

Questions? Please contact us at sustainability@cityofpaloalto.org.

 

The City of Palo Alto launched an update to the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) in 2020 to help meet our City's sustainability goals, including our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. To watch recordings of previous S/CAP topic webinars visit our S/CAP Community Engagement page.

Simple Ways to Save Water

Want to know some easy ways to reduce water? Some basic tips include:

  • Turning off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Washing full loads on laundry day
  • Adding mulch to your landscaped areas to conserve water outside
  • Optimize your landscape watering schedule for maximum efficiency. Watering at night is better than during the middle of a hot day.
  • Setting your mower blades to 3” not only encourages deeper root growth, but can also save you 16-50 gallons of water per day!

Visit our Save Energy & Water page to view available water efficiency resources. 


No EV Charging at Home? No Problem!

Starting August 1, 2021 the City will be removing the $2 per hour overstay fee at over 100 City-owned charging stations to allow for overnight (5pm - 8am) parking. With this change, the City hopes to make it easier to drive electric by providing more convenient access to charging for residents and members of the public who may not have access to charging at home. The current $0.23 per kWh charge will remain in effect, but after your car is fully charged, there will no longer be an overstay fee.

Learn more and find a charger near you at cityofpaloalto.org/EV