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About Sustainability

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The City of Sacramento has been a leader in our region in moving towards sustainability and livability. Through the adoption of a Sustainability Master Plan (SMP) in 2007, the 2030 General Plan in 2009, and by implementing important programs and projects which are already carrying out these plans, the City demonstrated an early commitment to sustainability.

Since 2007, the City’s SMP set forth high level policy goals for the City. Each year after the SMP was adopted the City developed annual Sustainability Implementation Plans which detailed the programs and projects that would be implemented each year to move the City closer towards reaching its goals. In 2009, the City adopted its 2030 General Plan which was influenced by the goals of the SMP. In fact, many of the goals of the SMP were incorporated into the 2030 General Plan. Later in 2012, the City adopted the Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and adapt to climate change, incorporating all of the goals set forth in the SMP. In 2015 the CAP was incorporated into the 2035 General Plan and currently resides there.

The City of Sacramento is updating the Sacramento Climate Action Plan in tandem with the 2040 General Plan Update process. As part of the Sacramento 2040 process, the CAP will be revived as a standalone document that provides an over-arching framework for community wide GHG reduction and establishe Sacramento as leader on climate action.

The Department of Public Works coordinates, convenes, and connects with internal and external groups, often collaborating on shared goals, implementation, or to provide technical advice to other City departments and divisions. 

To learn more about some of the programs and projects that the City is implementing, visit the Projects page.