Sustainability News

Spare the Air, Cool the Climate

News ImageJune 1, 2017 - While Palo Alto has been making impressive progress in reducing its carbon footprint, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has also been developing strategies for a post-carbon economy.
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Council to Consider Actions Needed to Reach Emissions Reduction Goal

News ImageApril 10, 2017 - Fewer cars, more electrification, less waste, greener buildings, flood protection, and ways to finance it all are among Key Actions the City Council will consider as new components of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan on the agenda for April 17.
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Palo Alto Earth Day Report Shows Steady Progress, Challenges for Future

News ImageApril 9, 2017 - The City of Palo Alto continued to make steady progress in lowering Greenhouse Gas emissions over the past year with the City Council adopting the goal of an 80 percent reduction (from baseline 1990 levels) by 2030 as part of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan draft.
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Water & Drought Update - Palo Alto Water Use Guidelines

News ImageApril 7, 2017 - Current information on water supply conditions, water use restrictions and efficiency measures.
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Earth Day Festival and the Great Race for Saving Water

News ImageApril 2, 2017 - Celebrate Earth Day with the community at a family-friendly festival and 5K fun run/walk to raise awareness about water resources, conservation and a healthy planet!
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Design Thinking Class Empowers Teens to Fight Climate Change

News ImageMarch 29, 2017 - Teens interested in learning the design process, creating change, and exploring a new way of thinking all while helping the Sierra Club fight climate change should check out the Palo Alto Art Center’s new Design Thinking class beginning April 13. The course, aimed at teens ages 14-18, will use the Stanford d.school process of interviewing for insight, conducting empathy fieldwork, synthesizing findings into compelling needs, ideating radical design alternatives, and prototyping. Click the link for the full story!
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Special Message from Mayor Scharff on Climate Change Letter

News ImageMarch 28, 2017 - Read the special message from Mayor Scharff on the Mayors' National Climate Action Agenda letter.
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Celebrating the 2017 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards

News ImageMarch 22, 2017 - On World Water Day, water conservation leaders were honored for their work
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CPAU Scores Top Marks with Residential Electric Customers

News ImageMarch 7, 2017 - The research finds Palo Alto residential customer satisfaction strong and solid on virtually every dimension, including power delivery reliability, customer service, and utility communication.
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Mayor's "Green Business Leader" Recognition Awards

News ImageMarch 6, 2017 - Palo Alto businesses are honored for high energy efficiency achievements!
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Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive Event

News ImageFebruary 7, 2017 - Test drive an electric vehicle at the Stanford Shopping Center on Thursday, February 23!
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Share Your Priorities for 2017 with Palo Alto City Council

News ImageDecember 6, 2016 - What priorities would like to see the Palo Alto City Council adopt in 2017? You are invited to share your thoughts on Open City Hall.
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Carbon Neutral Certification

November 30, 2016 - The Climate Registry has verified Palo Alto's carbon neutral status for 2014.
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City of Palo Alto and GreenTraks Pilot Program Help Business Customers Conserve Water, Save Money during California Drought

November 30, 2016 - Pilot initiative enables City of Palo Alto Utilities customers, Tibco and CBRE/Cooley, to reduce water consumption by over 5 million gallons and save more than $75,000
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Council Adopts the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) Framework

News ImageNovember 30, 2016 - 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.
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Palo Alto: Designing Our Path to 2030

November 17, 2016 - Palo Alto has long been a leader in sustainability, adopting one of the first municipal climate action plans in the U.S. in 2007, delivering carbon neutral electricity, and partnering with our community to develop a vision for an innovative, carbon neutral city of the future. Poised to take the next step as a climate and sustainability leader - with one of the boldest municipal climate goals in the country - Palo Alto is on the right path to achieve a prosperous, resilient city for all residents, thanks in part to the contributions of hundreds of community members.
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Regional Consortium Wins $1 Million Federal Grant for Technology-based Commute Alternatives

News ImageOctober 17, 2016 - A regional consortium of stakeholders has teamed up to win a $1 million federal grant for a demonstration project to reduce single-occupant vehicle driving from 75 percent to 50 percent in the Bay area.
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Cool Block Pilot Program Seeks New Neighborhood Blocks to Participate

News ImageOctober 14, 2016 - The second phase of the Cool Block pilot program is about to get underway and additional neighborhood blocks are invited to participate.
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City of Palo Alto Received the 2016 California Energy Efficiency Industry Council Energy Champion Award

October 13, 2016 - The City of Palo Alto's Development Services department announced today that it has received the 2016 Energy Champion Award from the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council (CEEIC).
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Council Approves 350 Bike, SoBi Bike Share System

News ImageOctober 4, 2016 - At its meeting on Oct. 4, the City Council unanimously approved a citywide Bike Share system with fleet of 350 Social Bicycles (SoBi) as part of the regional Ford GoBike system.
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Palo Alto and Leading U.S. Cities Partner on Guidelines for Smart Cities

News ImageSeptember 29, 2016 - The White House announced a new partnership between Palo Alto and twenty U.S. cities, along with the newly formed Council of Global City Chief Information Officers, to ensure the responsible and equitable deployment of smart city technologies.
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Groundbreaking for Baylands Major Flood Protection Project

News ImageAugust 15, 2016 - Mayor Pat Burt participated in the groundbreaking for a massive flood-control project along the San Francisquito Creek designed to provide more than 5,700 homes and businesses in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park with 100-year creek flood protection.
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Palo Alto Awarded Gold Status as a Bicycle Friendly Community

News ImageJune 7, 2016 - Palo Alto was awarded gold level status as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB).
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City to Give $1 Million to School District if Palo Alto Wins Georgetown Competition

May 16, 2016 - On Monday, May 9, the Palo Alto City Council approved giving $1 million to the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) if the City wins the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition.
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Council Adopts 80 x 30 Goal and Framework for Climate Action Plan

News ImageApril 20, 2016 - The City Council adopted the general framework of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) at its meeting on Monday, April 18.
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City of Palo Alto Ranks in National Top 10 for Most Solar Watts per Customer

News ImageApril 15, 2016 - Utility ranked third out of more than 300 utilities nationwide for 2015!
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City of Palo Alto Utilities Named 2016 Tree Line USA by Arbor Day Foundation

News ImageMarch 17, 2016 - Utility is recognized for second year in a row for demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for community and citizen benefits.


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City of Palo Alto Ups its Energy-Saving Efforts, Ranks in Top Third in Georgetown University Energy Prize Competition

February 29, 2016 - Introducing new programs, tools and incentives to make saving energy personalized and no hassle. Palo Alto customers can help the City win the prize for an efficient, eco-friendly and carbon free future.
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City Of Palo Alto to Solarize City-Owned Parking Structures and Enable Its Electric Vehicle Future

News ImageJanuary 26, 2016 - With support from the Clean Coalition, the City of Palo Alto creates a new model for deploying local renewables on municipal properties.
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Palo Alto Announces New EV Charging Stations in Downtown Parking Garages

August 6, 2015 - The City of Palo Alto has installed new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in downtown-area parking garages. Two dual-port charging stations have been installed at the Cowper-Webster Garage (520 Webster St.) and one dual-port station in the High Street Garage (528 High St.). The new stations are ChargePoint Level 2 chargers which became fully operational on July 30, 2015.
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City of Palo Alto Approves New Green Building and Energy Reach Code Ordinances

May 6, 2015 - On April 20, 2015 the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a new green building ordinance and a new energy reach code ordinance, with a targeted effective date of June 20, 2015.

The ordinances outline local amendments to the 2013 California Green Building Code, Title 24, Chapter 11 and the 2013 California Energy Code, Title 24, Chapter 6. The California Green Building Code addresses requirements related to site design, water efficiency, materials and air quality. The Energy Code addresses requirements related to energy efficiency. The ordinances will impact both residential and non-residential projects.


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Palo Alto Earth Day Report Shows Progress, Significant Challenges Ahead

News ImageApril 16, 2015 - The City has already surpassed the initial climate protection goal set by the City Council in 2007 and is now looking to set new goals.
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Palo Alto Awarded Top Honors in Acterra Business Environmental Awards for Sustainability

News ImageMarch 20, 2015 - The City has been selected as a 2015 Business Environmental Award winner and recipient of the Acterra Award for Sustainability.
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CPAU Scores Top Marks for Customer Satisfaction

News ImageFebruary 5, 2015 - The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) scored top marks again in a nationwide survey of utility customers for large business customer satisfaction.
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Wastewater Long Range Facilities Planning

News ImageJune 25, 2014 - Information about the Wastewater Long Range Facilities Plan, including goals, meetings, maps and policies is located here. Extensive public outreach and notification was given throughout the process.
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Eichler Energy Efficiency

News ImageJanuary 15, 2014 - Own an Eichler? Here are some Eichler applicable rebates, tips and resources.
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2009 Plastic Bag Restrictions

June 26, 2014 - The purpose of this summary is to provide information about Palo Alto's Comprehensive Reusable Bag Program, and list reports provided to the City Manager's office.
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Reduce Plastics in Our Creeks and Bay

News ImageJune 26, 2014 - Plastic items like single-use water bottles, food wrappers and "Styrofoam" pieces continue to end up in our creeks. This page summarizes the City's work on reducing plastics in our local creeks, wetlands and Bay.
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Reduce High Winter Gas Bills

News ImageJanuary 24, 2013 - Now that cold weather is here, use as many of these tips as possible to stay warm and save on natural gas!
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Reporting Spills, Dumping, and Back-Ups

May 15, 2012 - If you notice any unusual substance in or around a storm drain, or if you see someone dumping anything into the storm drain, street, or gutter, to local creeks or the Bay, or elsewhere in the outdoor environment, call 650-329-2413 immediately!
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