Join us on September 9 for the S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee Meeting on Residential Building Electrification

Sustainability eNews

September 2021

Getting to 80 x 30: Residential Building Electrification

A Cleaner, Electric Future


Join the Conversation: S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee

On August 12, 2021, 86 participants joined the inaugural meeting of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Ad Hoc Committee meeting, which includes members Vice Mayor Burt and Council Member Cormack. Read the latest blog to learn more about the Ad Hoc kickoff meeting, their workplan over the next several months, and ways to share input on this important community priority. A summary of the public comments and general responses to recurring themes from the public comments can be found here.

The next S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee meeting, with a focus on residential building electrification, is Thursday, September 9 from 9:00 – 11:30 am via Zoom.

Pre-registration is required to view the meeting in real time - Register today!

September meeting topics are:

We welcome your input in advance of the meeting, and would especially appreciate input on the following topics:

  1. In the Residential Building Electrification Overview, we’ve outlined barriers to residential building electrification. What are your top three barriers?
  2. Does our draft Three-Year Work Plan address those barriers?
  3. What should the City’s top three priorities be for advancing residential building electrification?

You can submit comments and questions to

Residential Building Electrification. Single-family residential building electrification represents one of the largest and most cost-effective opportunities to reduce emissions available to the Palo Alto community. An overview of residential building electrification can be found here. For more information on what it means to electrify your home, please visit or watch a recording of our All-Electric Homes 101 Webinar. For personalized recommendations on how to switch to electric appliances in your home, visit the Home Efficiency Genie.

AECOM Impact Analysis Memo. The City and AECOM collaborated on modeling key action impact results in three categories of GHG reduction actions: Energy, Mobility, and Electric Vehicles. The AECOM Impact Analysis Memo presents details on the action impact analysis process, including descriptions of the emissions forecasts, key action analysis results, modeling approach, and detailed action results. It also includes the co-benefits analysis of both the GHG reduction actions and the sustainability actions. The memo concludes with recommendations for next steps and an appendix listing the titles and descriptions for the key actions modeled in this impact analysis.

S/CAP Goals and Key Actions. Upon completion of the impact analysis, staff updated the S/CAP Goals and Key Actions to better reflect the outcomes needed to achieve the 80 x 30 goal. The updated S/CAP Goals and Key Actions includes a new Climate Action area with 8 Key Actions. The Goals and Key Actions in Energy, Mobility, and Electric Vehicles were reworked, but the outcomes are the same. Minor changes were made to the Goals and Key Actions in Water, Climate Adaptation and Sea Level Rise, Natural Environment, and Zero Waste, with one significant change in the addition of Goals and Key Actions addressing wildfire protection.

Three-Year Work Plan. The draft Three-Year Work Plan details the actions reflected in the Policy Framework from the April 19, 2021 Council Meeting (see Attachment A here), and includes estimates of staff and funding needs for implementation and potential greenhouse gas reductions. These are actions that can be implemented concurrently while the S/CAP Update is in progress.

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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. The S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee was formed by City Council on April 19, 2021 to guide the development, implementation, communication, and future community engagement of the S/CAP. To watch recordings of previous S/CAP topic webinars and S/CAP Ad Hoc Meetings visit our S/CAP Community Engagement page.

The S/CAP Ad Hoc Committee is not subject to the requirements of the Brown Act. There will not be an agenda packet 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.

Make Every Precious Water Drop Count

During this drought, make every precious drop of water count by following these easy water conservation tips:

  • Water landscapes in early morning (before 10 a.m.) or evening (after 6 p.m.) and only as needed
  • Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Wash full loads of laundry
  • Add mulch to your landscaped areas to conserve water outside
  • Flooding or runoff is prohibited
  • A shut-off valve is required for hoses to wash vehicles, buildings, etc.
  • Potable water for construction uses is prohibited if non-potable water is available
  • Broken or defective plumbing and irrigation systems must be repaired or replaced within a reasonable period
  • Water in fountains or other decorative water features must be recirculated
  • Report water waste:, email or call (650) 496-6968

Learn more at

Join us for Coastal Cleanup
Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Help keep trash out of our local creeks and San Francisco Bay! The City of Palo Alto is hosting in-person cleanup sites at Matadero and Adobe Creeks. Choose whether to pick up trash at our in-person event or independently in your own neighborhood.

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Need assistance with cleanup supplies? Trash bags, gloves, and litter sticks will be available for use at in-person cleanup sites.


Join us for EV Charging 101
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Is the idea of charging an electric vehicle mysterious or confusing? Get more familiar with the basics of electric vehicle charging at this free workshop presented by Acterra. This virtual event will address any questions having to do with how to charge an electric vehicle at home or in public.

Register Here

Find and RSVP for one of many other online and in-person events happening during National Drive Electric Week 2021, Sep 25-Oct 3, 2021.

Where You Put Your Food Scraps Makes a Difference!

Place all of your food scraps and food soiled paper into your green compost cart along with your yard trimmings.

Your food scraps are turned into a rich soil amendment and renewable energy, which helps fight climate change!

Putting food scraps in your green compost cart contributes to the City’s overall efforts around sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Visit  for tips from Palo Alto residents on how they collect food scraps in their home.