Redwood City is Working Internally to Go Green!
City’s own municipal operations represent
a great opportunity for reducing our community’s
carbon footprint. We’re continually working to identify
and address the environmental effects of how the City conducts
business, and researching the latest technologies and methods
for providing City services in an environmentally-friendly
manner. Here are some of the specific actions the City
has taken over the last few years:
- Planning for solar at City facilities
- Replacing traffic and street lights with energy-efficient LEDs
- Converting incandescent light fixtures in our facilities to low-energy fluorescents
- Replacing boilers, pumps, and other equipment with more efficient models to reduce energy consumption
- Implementing our aggressive water conservation and recycled water programs, with a goal of saving 900 acre-feet of water annually (over 300 million gallons each year!)
- Installing acres of synthetic turf at school and park sites for maximum water savings, as well as significantly reducing fertilizer run-off
- Increasing use of Green Seal products and other climate-friendly purchasing processes in all City facilities
- Working with CityTrees to conduct tree-plantings throughout the community
- Replacing the City's fleet vehicles with hybrid and electric models and using the most efficient fuels available in trucks and machinery
- Installing EV charging stations at municipal facilities
- Establishing a Commute Alternatives Program for City employees
- Gaining Green Business Certification for City Hall (with more buildings to come)
- Incorporating a "green" philosophy in our Planning function for new developments
We've developed a Climate Action Plan which takes into account our baseline greenhouse gas emissions for City operations and details actions we can take to meet our environmental goals for 2020.
And, our City's General Plan incorporates sustainability measures in each of its elements, including goals, policies, and programs developed to ensure the City, as well as the community, can reduce our overall carbon footprint.