East Palo Alto

To reduce greenhouse gases, East Palo Alto is focused on two primary areas: Building use of energy and Transportation efficiency.

In 2016, the City joined the newly formed Joint Powers Authority for Peninsula Clean Energy, a Community Choice Aggregation that seeks to reduce greenhouse has emissions and shift the community to Clean Energy use. Beginning in October 2016 through April 2017, all residents and businesses in East Palo Alto will be automatically enrolled in this new program, unless they opt-out. 

The City has also shifted public transportation focus from a multi-faceted approach to a streamlined approach, moving overlapping public transportation options into a focused offering of SamTrans bus routes redesigned to better serve the community. This takes some shuttles off the road, as the service areas are now integrated into existing bus routes. This results in lowered emissions overall for the public transportation sector. There has also been a pilot bus serving high school students added to the public transportation sector, which has removed up to 2,000 car trips off local roadways in the single month it has been operating. It is anticipated these services will be widely utilized by the public, and will result in expanded participation in public transportation as more residents and employees find these effective bus routes result in a simpler commute to their daily destinations.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Overview

Total greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors in the city. You can compare current emissions against emissions goals.

Natural Gas Consumption

Total residential and commercial natural gas use within the city. You can look at current natural gas consumption in relation to emissions and electrification goals.

Electricity Consumption

Total residential and commercial electricity use within the city. You can look at current electricity consumption in relation to emissions and energy efficiency goals.

Municipal Operations Energy Efficiency

Shows metric tons of carbon dioxide (MT CO2) avoided annually when cities implemented energy efficiency projects though PG&E administered programs like San Mateo County Energy Watch.

Solar Power Installations

Capacity of solar systems installed (kW) for the year and number of solar systems installed for each year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Locations of electric vehicle charging stations in public and private locations as of July 2017.

Solid Waste Contribution to Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Short tons (2,000 pounds) of solid waste contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. This captures both landfilled waste emissions and alternative daily cover emissions.

Waste Disposal Per Capita

Pounds of waste generated per person per day for both residents and employees (i.e. those who commute to work in the city).