The City of San Luis Obispo is leading by example and planning to make City operations carbon neutral by 2030.

On Tuesday, July 6, City Council adopted Lead By Example: A Plan for Carbon Neutral City Operations, which establishes a path to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across City operations.

“We want to serve as a model for the community and demonstrate local leadership and action to address the climate crisis,” says City Manager Derek Johnson. “Climate leadership takes shape in many forms, from purchasing electric fleet vehicles, retrofitting buildings, generating energy at facilities makes a huge difference.”

One of the City’s highest priority goals for the next two fiscal years is related to climate action, open space, and sustainable transportation. Specifically, the City is seeking to proactively address the climate crisis, continue to update and implement the Climate Action Plan for carbon neutrality, including preservation and enhancement of open space and the urban forest, alternative and sustainable transportation, and planning and implementation for resilience. The city’s carbon neutral operations goal is part of the Climate Action Plan.

“This is an exciting effort that will allow the City to use resources more efficiently, enhance employee well-being, and support a green local economy,” said City Sustainability Manager Chris Read. “We will make City operations more energy efficient, reduce waste, make it easier for employees to choose commute alternatives, advance carbon sequestration and offset opportunities on City-owned lands, and more deeply integrate Council’s goal into City financial processes.”

The plan is an integral step to the City achieving Council’s goal and will help provide for a more sustainable, equitable, and resilient City organization, while providing a blueprint for other businesses and organizations in the community to reduce their operational greenhouse gas emissions.

To learn more, visit www.slocity.org/leadbyexample.

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