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Redwood City Public Works has been dedicated to preserving the environment for decades. Our environmental programs, developed as part of our Climate Action Plan process, are designed to improve the sustainability of our community and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide.

The current Redwood City Climate Action Plan was adopted by the City Council on Earth Day, April 22, 2013 to act as a road map to meet the City's environmental goals by the year 2020. It addresses the major emissions areas - Energy, Transportation, Water, and Waste - and targets a 15% reduction from 2005 GHG emissions by 2020, met and exceeded in 2018. The City began a 2030 Climate Action update process in 2018 to address new targets set by the State of California:

  • 40% below 1990 levels by 2030
  • 80% below 1990 levels by 2050

Climate Action Plan Update

On January 24, 2019, Public Works hosted the first public workshop to gather community input on the 2030 Climate Action Plan update. The City held a second workshop on March 28, 2019 and continued collecting ideas from community members and organizations until November 25, 2019 through a general email, phone calls and emails, and public comments at City Council meetings.

A summary of public comments from August 2018 - November 2019 is available here.

Please email comments to climateactionplan@redwoodcity.org

The Draft 2030 Climate Action Plan is available here

Beacon Awards

In 2019, the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Redwood City with the following spotlight award:

  • Platinum Spotlight Award for 22% Community GHG Reductions

In 2018, the City was awarded a Gold Level Beacon Award  for:

  • Platinum Spotlight Award in Sustainability Best Practices
  • Platinum Spotlight Award for 20% Agency GHG Reductions
  • Gold Spotlight Award for 11% Community GHG Reductions
  • Gold Spotlight Award for 11% Municipal Energy Savings
  • Gold Spotlight Award for 10% Municipal Natural Gas Savings

In 2017, the City was honored with the following spotlight award:

In 2016, along with reducing agency natural gas usage by 8%, the City qualified for the following award:

  • Gold Spotlight Award for 11% agency energy savings

In addition, the City still holds a Silver Level Beacon Award for its 2015 achievements:

  • Platinum Spotlight Award for Sustainability Best Practices
  • Platinum Spotlight Award for 20% agency GHG reduction
  • Silver Spotlight Award for 8% community GHG reduction
  • Silver Spotlight Award for 8% agency energy savings
  • Silver Spotlight Award for 7% natural gas savings

Find more information about the City’s Sustainability Best Practices at the Institute for Local Government.

You can explore Climate Action planning data at the County of San Mateo's Open Data Portal here.


Redwood City has been named a Tree City USA for over 35 years for its dedication to the urban forest. 

Together we can take positive action to promote sustainability in our community.