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Environmental Stewardship Goals

The County’s Environmental Stewardship Goals (ESGs)originated from a regional effort called the Bay Area Climate Change Compact (BACC). The BACC was jointly created by three Bay Area cities (San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose) and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. These ESGs were initially proposed for consideration by the County at the Finance & Government Operations Committee (FGOC) meeting of February 19, 2009. The compact goals were first revised according to the committee’s direction on May 14, 2009, and adopted on June 9, 2009.

County of Santa Clara’s Environmental Stewardship Goals:
  1. Ensure that 100% of light fixtures owned and operated by the County, in buildings, on streets, and in parks are at the highest energy efficiency standard.
  2. Reduce per capita energy use by 50%.
  3. Receive 100% of our electrical power from clean renewable sources.
  4. Ensure that 100% of County buildings are LEED certified and require LEED standards for construction in County land use jurisdictions.
  5. Divert 100% of county waste from landfills and convert waste to energy.
  6. Reduce our consumption of water by 20% and recycle or beneficially reuse 100% of our waste water.
  7. Adopt a County General Plan with measurable standards for sustainable development.
  8. Ensure that 100% of public fleet vehicles are electric, hybrid electric or run on alternative fuels.
  9. Work with local governments and regional authorities to ensure that all existing County trails are interconnected with local and regional trails.
  10. Plant 1,000 trees annually within a 15-year time frame in unincorporated urban county pockets and work with local government, agencies, non-profit organizations such as Our City Forest and Palo Alto Canopy to build a comprehensive urban forest.
  11. Increase the available blue and white collar "clean and green workforce" course/trainings available regionally and in Santa Clara County and help place 20,000 trainees and graduates in the regional labor force by the end of 2013.
  12. Develop educational programs and volunteer service opportunities that promote local stewardship of streams and riparian corridors and develop programs of ecologically compatible recreational use of streams and riparian corridors.​

Monthly ESG Reports to HLUET 2017: April / May / June / August / September 

Annual Report to FGOC: 2017 Annual Report on ESGs

For more information, contact the Office of Sustainability via email or phone (408-993-4760). ​​​​

Last updated: 7/2/2020 8:38 AM