Gear up for game day with Sunnyvale's Climate Action Playbook!
Introduction & Overview
The City of Sunnyvale is seeking your input on the new Draft Climate Action Playbook.
The Draft Climate Action Playbook ("Playbook") is a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. This Draft Playbook builds upon the success of the City's first Climate Action Plan and integrates new ideas generated by and for our community over the last year. It outlines a pathway to help Sunnyvale achieve the state's long-term target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.
Read the Draft Climate Action Playbook.
View the Playbook At-A-Glance.
Browse our Game Plan of Moves for the next three years.
To ensure that our final Playbook includes climate actions that have the broadest community support, we invite you to share your input online through this form.
We also invite you to attend any of our upcoming public meetings.
Questions? Contact email@example.com or 408-730-7717.
The Sunnyvale Draft Climate Action Playbook (“Playbook”) outlines the policy and program direction needed to continue to dramatically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize our local community. The City’s first Climate Action Plan (adopted 2014) was designed to help the City re-establish its emissions levels as equal to 1990 levels by 2020. By 2016, the City had already surpassed this 2020 target.
Now the State of California has set new targets that move the ball further down the field for even deeper emissions reductions of:
- 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and
- 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 ("80x50" or "carbon neutrality")
Sunnyvale City Council identified “Accelerating Climate Action” as a Council Policy Priority in 2017 to enable the City to meet or exceed these state targets.
From this, we now have Sunnyvale’s new Draft Climate Action Playbook. The Draft Playbook builds upon our past success and integrates new ideas generated by and for our community that will pave the path toward our “end game” of 80x50. Early action is critical to setting Sunnyvale on a path to achieving 80x50, given the projected growth in population and jobs. For this reason, it is important that Sunnyvale achieve a 60% reduction below 1990 emissions levels by 2030 – surpassing the State's goal of achieving a 40% reduction by 2030.
Sunnyvale's greenhouse gas emissions come from many sectors as shown in the chart below. Emissions from transportation and energy use make up more than 90% of Sunnyvale's total community-wide emissions. The Playbook addresses ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors, but focuses on addressing transportation and energy emissions in particular.
Inside our Draft Playbook
The Draft Playbook contains six core Strategies that set the foundation for bold climate action:
- Promoting Clean Electricity
- Decarbonizing Buildings
- Decarbonizing Transportation & Sustainable Land Use
- Managing Resources Sustainably
- Empowering Our Community
- Adapting to a Changing Climate
Within each Strategy, the Draft 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.
The Draft Playbook's Game Plan is a compilation of Moves to focus on through 2022. This Game Plan will be updated every five years hereafter 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 Draft Playbook clearly defines the end game, identifies key players, and sets the ball rolling towards the goal posts.