Citywide Actions

One of the first cities in the nation to take up the climate challenge, San Francisco published its initial Climate Action Plan in 2004. The city has continued to lead the way by developing policies and taking action to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. Over the past twenty years, San Francisco reduced its carbon footprint by 14.5% from 1990 levels, even as the city’s economy and population grew.

The city is now pursuing emissions reductions through:

Milestones

San Francisco’s First Call to Climate Action

In 2002 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors calls for the City to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by passing Resolution 158-02.

The City's First Climate Action Plan 

In 2004 the San Francisco Department of Environment, under Mayor Gavin Newsom, publishes one of the first community climate action plans in the country as part of its commitment to the U.S Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The aggressive goals and detailed actions directed by the Climate Action Plan for San Francisco breaks ground in the American climate policy movement, establishing San Francisco as a national leader in city-driven climate action.

100% Renewable Goal

In 2010 at the commemoration of the Sunset Reservoir Solar Project, comprised of 24,000 solar panels, San Francisco Mayor Newsom announces the goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2020. 

Citywide Emission Reductions of 14.5%

Over the past twenty years, San Francisco reduced its carbon footprint by 14.5%, even as the city’s economy and population grew. 

Goals

Consistent with the scientific community’s recommendations to reduce emissions by 80% to stabilize our climate system, San Francisco has adopted these emission reduction goals:

  • 20% reduction below 1990 levels for 2012
  • 25% reduction below 1990 levels by 2017
  • 40% reduction below 1990 levels by 2025
  • 80% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050

Achieving these reductions requires us to change our energy sources, our transportation choices and make other healthy choices in our daily lives.