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The City of Cupertino has implemented numerous policies and practices across its municipal operations to achieve its sustainability goals. Efforts and recognition include:

Awards & Recognition

  • Beacon Spotlight AwardIn October 2016, Cupertino was awarded two Beacon Spotlight Awards from the Institute for Local Government:
    • Platinum Level Award for 22% energy savings from our municipal buildings
    • Platinum Level Award for Sustainability Best Practices
  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council Outstanding Case Study Award: Cupertino achieved an Outstanding Case Study Award  in 2016 for it's purchasing case study "Green Business Certification Drives Green Purchasing Strategies."
Plans & Policies

  • Climate Action Plan (CAP): Adopted in January 2015 to define Cupertino's community and municipal emissions reduction pathway through 2050. 
  • General Plan, Environmental Resources & Sustainability Element: Adopted in December 2014 with policies related to climate change, air quality, energy, natural resources, and other environmental topics. 
  • Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement: Cupertino is a signatory to this agreement, vowing to reduce the City's carbon emissions below 1990 levels. 
  • Green Building Ordinance: As of July 1, 2013, all new buildings and structures, additions, renovations and tenant improvements where California Green Building Standards Code are applicable to meet minimum green building requirements.
  • Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance:  Ordinance was updated in December 2015 and requires projects that include landscape areas of 500 sq ft or more to meet water use reduction requirements. 
  • Foam Foodware Container Ordinance: Adopted in February 2014, restricts the distribution of food service ontainers made from polystyren foam (commonly referred to as Styrofoam™).
  • Reusable Bag Ordinance: Adopted in March 2013, prohibits the distribution of thin plastic carry out bags. 
  • Bicycle Transportation Plan: Bicycle Transportation Plan: Adopted in June 2016 as a long-range planning document designed to encourage bicycling as a safe, practical and healthy alternative to the motor vehicle. 
  • Mandatory Commercial Organics Ordinance: Require high generators of food waste to collect their food, yard, and compostable paper waste for composting by Recology. 

Municipal Operations

Cupertino leads by example by ensuring its internal practices are sustainable. Here are some examples of Cupertino's municipal actions:

  • Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy: Implemented in 2007 and updated in 2014 for the internal purchasing of green office, electronic and cleaning supplies and embedded into our 2015 janitorial services contract.  
  • Bay Area Green Business Certification: All City facilities have met stringent water, energy, and resource conservation and pollution and waste prevention standards to achieve Green Business Certification. 
  • Silicon Valley Clean Energy: Cupertino was the first City to take action and join the Authority, bringing the community choice energy option to the City in April 2017. 
  • Clean Fuel Vehicles: Clean fuel vehicles make up 15% of Cupertino's municipal fleet and the City has installed a network of six public electric vehicle charging stations. 
  • Solar Generation: First municipal solar carport project was installed in 2014 at the Service Center and generates enough electricity to offset an estimated 74% of the Service Center energy use. 
  • Streetlight Upgrades: Retrofitted to LEDs 2009-2010. 
  • Drought Tolerant Landscaping: installed in high water consumption areas throughout the City, converting turf or replacing plant types to more drought tolerant species.
  • Rain barrels: Installed at McClellan Ranch Preserve to capture rainwater for landscaping use.  
  • Paperless agendas & building permits: Cupertino was one of the first cities to pilot paperless agendas. As of March 2016, the Cupertino Building and Planning Department requires electronic plan submittal.
  • Bike Fleet: Bicycles are available for staff use. 

Last updated: 10/11/2016 10:22:25 AM