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Green Cupertino

Welcome to Cupertino's Green Program 

Cupertino is committed to maintaining our City as a sustainable place to live, learn, work and play for all of our community members. To achieve this goal of safeguarding our community’s wellbeing and our shared environment’s health, your City is actively working to implement its first Climate Action Plan and provide residents, businesses and schools with clear and easy-to-access programs and services to jumpstart your green leadership (and in most cases, some significant cost savings!). Read on to learn more and to get started!

Climate Action Plan
Through extensive research and community input, Cupertino’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), defines strategies to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also provide energy, water, fuel, and cost savings for the City, its community members and businesses, further improving Cupertino’s already high quality of life. The plan also represents another example of a successful partnership between engaged community members and City staff to jointly plan for Cupertino’s sustainable future and continue to lead by example on important environmental issues. Access Cupertino’s Climate Action Plan and it’s Environmental Document (EIR Addendum)

Our Green Vision
The practice of “sustainable development” was first defined in 1987 in the United Nations Brundtland Commission Report titled Our Common Future as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Cupertino builds its own vision for sustainability upon this definition by striving to protect equity, economy and ecology throughout our locality.

Acterra Video - Earth Day 2009Our commitment to sustainability at the City-level has been strengthened in recent years and we invite you to peruse the Sustainability Section of our General Plan. Cupertino has been a leader in environmental planning since 2005, as one of the first cities to incorporate a Sustainability Element within its General Plan. The City’s January 2015 adopted Climate Action Plan (CAP) reinforces the goals of this Element by coordinating with the City’s recent municipal projects and community-wide programs to conserve resources, while evolving the City’s approach to mitigate and adapt to climate change to ensure the wellbeing and longevity of our City. And though we are proud of these plans and our progress to achieve the plans’ objectives, it is ultimately the collective action of our residents, academic partners and local businesses that will enable us to truly call Cupertino a “sustainable city.”

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