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Council Adopts the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework

Council Adopts the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework

The City Council adopted the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, including its Guiding Principles, Decision Criteria, Design Principles, and key Goals and Strategies, as the road map for development of subsequent S/CAP Implementation Plans.

The primary goal of the S/CAP - achieving an 80% reduction in Greenhouse Gasses (GHGs) below 1990 levels by 2030 - was unanimously approved on April 18, 2016 by City Council. Since that time, the City has adopted an advanced Green Building Ordinance and Energy Reach Code, continued analyzing electrification options, explored Zero Net Energy buildings and districts, developed a proposed Carbon Neutral Natural Gas strategy, and begun integrating the S/CAP and the Comprehensive Plan Update. 

The S/CAP Framework includes Guiding Principles, Design Principles, and Decision Criteria intended to guide staff and community in achieving Palo Alto's 2030 sustainability and climate goals. City staff have formed seven inter-departmental teams to develop "Sustainability Implementation Plans" (SIPs) covering the key S/CAP sections:

  • Mobility
  • Efficiency and Electrification
  • Water
  • Zero Waste
  • Municipal Operations
  • Natural Environment
  • Adaptation/Sea Level Rise

SIPs for the other S/CAP chapters—Community Behavior and Culture Change, Utility of the Future, Information Systems, and Funding Strategies—will be developed in future work phases.

In the coming months, staff will refine the SIPs, integrate community input, and bring the SIPs for review and adoption by the City Council. These SIPs—focused on the 2020 time frame—will include prioritized actions needed to accomplish S/CAP goals.


Last Updated: November 30, 2016