The City Council adopted the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 28, 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: