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Sustainability

The City of Sunnyvale is committed to sustainability and climate action. Sunnyvale's updated climate action plan – called the Climate Action Playbook (or "Playbook") – is a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. The Climate Action Playbook was born out of the Climate Action Plan 2.0 (CAP 2.0) Initiative (2017), a framework to update Sunnyvale's updated Climate Action Plan (CAP 1.0) from 2014 and accelerate local action to further prevent climate change. The Climate Action Playbook was adopted in August 2019 and replaces the CAP 1.0.

Just as a sports playbook identifies a team's winning strategies to achieve success on the field, the Playbook contains bold, winning strategies to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 56 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. Community members submitted more than 100 ideas to Innovate Climate Action in Sunnyvale and generated additional ideas at our community workshop in March 2018. The Playbook will enable us to build a healthy and sustainable community for Sunnyvale residents, businesses, and visitors.

Six Core Strategies

Community ideas have inspired the Playbook's six core Strategies that set the foundation for bold climate action:

  • Promoting clean electricity
  • Decarbonizing buildings
  • Decarbonizing transportation and sustainable land use
  • Managing resources sustainably
  • Empowering our community
  • Adapting to a changing climate

Within each Strategy, the Playbook defines:

  • Plays that identify opportunities for action. Plays have measurable targets that will help assess progress towards goals.
  • Moves that define specific actions our City and community can collectively take to address climate change.

Game Plan 2022

The Playbook includes Game Plan 2022 – a compilation of "Next Moves" to focus on in the next three years. This Game Plan will be updated every five years as new technologies emerge and new state or local regulations go into effect. While it is impossible to envision all the right Moves today, the Playbook clearly defines the end game, identifies key players, and sets the ball rolling towards the goal posts.

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Contact

Email Environmental Services or call 408-730-7717.

Final Climate Action Playbook Documents

Climate Action Playbook (5 MB PDF)
At-A-Glance: Climate Action Playbook with Game Plan 2022
Appendix A: Ideas Roster
Appendix B: Technical Background
Complete Final Climate Action Playbook with Appendices (6 MB PDF)

Related Documents

Report to Council 19-0704, Aug. 13, 2019 - Adopt a Resolution to adopt the Climate Action Playbook, including greenhouse gas reduction targets of 56 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report 2017-18
Climate Action Plan 1.0
CAP Biennial Progress Report 2016
CAP Biennial Progress Report 2018

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2020
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