Environmental Initiatives

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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 Redwood City Climate Action Plan addresses the major emissions areas: Energy, Transportation, Water, and Waste. Adopted by the City Council on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, the Plan is a road-map to meet the City's environmental goals by the year 2020.

In addition, Redwood City has been a member of Tree City USA for over 35 years for its dedication to the urban forest. Together as a community, we can take positive action to promote sustainability in our community. One way you can be aware of your environmental impact is by using our Carbon Footprint Calculator, and using the links above to see how you can improve your sustainability habits.

Climate Action Plan Update

The City Council adopted the current Climate Action Plan on Earth Day, April 22, 2013. The Plan is a road-map to achieving the City's General Plan target of a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 2005 levels by 2020. The City is now undertaking an update of the plan in order to carry us through our approaching horizon year of 2020 and to align with State GHG emissions goals for 2030 - a 40% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels.

On January 24th, 2019, Public Works hosted a public workshop to gather community input on the 2030 Climate Action Plan update. A second workshop is scheduled for March 28th from 6 PM - 8 PM at Public Works. We will be collecting ideas from community members until March 31, 2019 at the following email link. Please contribute your ideas here today!



2030 Climate Action Plan Update Workshop #2

  • Date/Time: Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6 PM - 8 PM
  • Location: Redwood City Public Works, 1400 Broadway St., Redwood City, CA 94063
  • For more information, please call 650-780-7472.

Beacon Awards

In 2018, the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative honored the City of Redwood City with 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.