City of Palo Alto

Beacon Participant Profile

Image of City of Palo Alto“Palo Alto has taken the lead in implementing environmentally sustainable policies at the local level. The city, adjacent to Stanford University, is moving forward to share its experiences with other cities around the world as part of an effort to address the environmental crisis of our time.” -Palo Alto Climate Protection Plan

About Palo Alto

  • Incorporated: April 16, 1894
  • Population: 64,403 (2010)
  • Location: 35 miles South of San Francisco and 14 miles North of San Jose
  • Elevation: 30 feet
  • Area: 25.79 square miles

Climate Action Activities

Climate Action Resources


City of Palo Alto – Involving the Public in Climate Change Action

Palo Alto is using an innovative and interactive online reporting tool to share the City’s progress in achieving its sustainability goals.

Case Story
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LED Streetlights in Palo Alto

After completing a DOE sponsored demonstration project, the City of Palo Alto has decided to move forward with the installation of energy-efficient LED streetlights throughout the community.

Case Story

Palo Alto Solar PV Demonstration Project

Learn more about the City of Palo Alto’s solar PV demonstration project.

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Palo Alto Builds on a Legacy of Innovation as a Sustainable Community

The City of Palo Alto won a Silver-level Beacon Award in 2014 for its 53 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 35 percent reduction in natural gas and 9 percent reduction in energy usage in agency facilities over a 1990 baseline.