San Jose’s Green Vision Goals:
Within 15 years, the City of San José in tandem with its residents and businesses will:
1. Create 25,000 Clean Tech jobs as the World Center of Clean Tech Innovation
Innovation is a key element to achieving nearly all of the Green Vision Goals. As innovations are developed and clean technologies are utilized, San José and all of Silicon Valley will benefit from the emerging economic opportunities and a cleaner way to live, work and play. Learn More >>
2. Reduce per capita energy use by 50 percent
As a global leader in innovative technologies and policies, the state of California and the City of San José, in particular, have the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that communities and their economies can thrive while significantly reducing energy consumption. Learn More >>
3. Receive 100 percent of our electrical power from clean renewable sources
The liabilities of fossil fuel usage are increasingly plain; in contrast, pursuing electrical power from clean, renewable sources is projected to reduce harmful air pollutants, long-term operating costs, and carbon emissions for the entire community. Learn More >>
4. Build or retrofit 50 million square feet of green buildings
An estimated 40 percent of the community’s total energy use and 16 percent of its water goes to buildings. Several efforts are underway to increase the square footage of green building space in the San José in both public and private buildings. Learn More >>
5. Divert 100 percent of the waste from our landfill and convert waste to energy
Although the City has one of the highest waste diversion rates of any large city in the nation, many waste reduction opportunities remain. If San José and other local cities achieve no further waste reduction efforts over the next 15 years, solid waste landfill space in the region could reach capacity. Learn More >>
6. Recycle or beneficially reuse 100 percent of our wastewater (100 million gallons per day)
Protecting the South Bay and its eco-system is critical to the environmental and economic viability of the region. We must lead by example, not only by maximizing water conservation efforts, but by increasing the quantity of recycled water we produce and distribute. Learn More >>
7. Adopt a General Plan with measurable standards for sustainable development
The blueprint for the future growth of San Jose is outlined in the City’s General Plan. We must continue to lay a foundation for the future by clearly establishing sustainable development standards in our General Plan. Learn More >>
8. Ensure that 100 percent of public fleet vehicles run on alternative fuels
In Santa Clara County, more than 40 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions come from cars, trucks, buses, trains, and other transport. Thus, we must create an integrated and sustainable system to get us from place to place. Learn More >>
9. Plant 100,000 new trees and replace 100 percent of our streetlights with smart, zeroemission lighting
With an integrated approach, planting 100,000 new trees and replacing all of the City’s streetlights with smart, zero emission lights, will help the San José “green” its transportation system--to create an integrated, sustainable system that consumes less energy, protects the environment, and accommodates growth in a manner that enhances the City’s quality of life. Learn More >>
10. Create 100 miles of interconnected trails
Expanding our system of park trails to 100 miles will allow residents to travel more easily by bicycle or on foot, as well as encourage exploration and education about our natural habitat so residents better understand the benefits of a healthy environment and value its preservation. Learn More >>
Successfully realizing this vision will require a focused direction for action and a means of regularly measuring progress. By pushing the limits of what is possible, we will all achieve our vision and inspire change globally.
Other Programs and Goals:
- Zero Waste - Zero waste is a perception change. It requires rethinking what we have traditionally regarded as garbage and treating all materials as valued resources instead of items to discard. Zero waste entails shifting consumption patterns, more carefully managing purchases, and maximizing the reuse of materials at the end of their useful life. Achieving zero waste entails encouraging San José, its residents, and its businesses to reevaluate what we view as waste.
- Santa Clara County Green Business Program - The Green Business Program is a successful partnership of environmental agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes and promotes businesses and government agencies that volunteer to operate in a more environmentally responsible way. To be certified "green," participants must be in compliance with all regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. We offer motivated businesses and agencies an easy-to-use framework for improving environmental performance. Over 1500 businesses and public agencies have been certified since 1996 bay area wide and over 330 of those are in Santa Clara.
- Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) - SSV is leading Silicon Valley to a more sustainable future through collaboration with local government agencies, businesses, and community organizations to identify and address these highest-priority environmental issues. We do this by engaging prominent Valley organizations to proactively work toward self-imposed goals of reducing regional CO2 emissions and water use – and helping them translate those goals into measurable results.