Palo Altans care about climate. I’ll work to leverage Palo Alto’s innovation culture to accelerate our progress toward our climate goals to ensure we meet them, including achieving 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 (with 1990 as the baseline).

To do that, we should pursue multiple options in parallel.

For example:

  • expand on Palo Alto’s successful pilot to transition home heating from gas to electric heat pumps. Our pilot project in a multi-family building demonstrates that we can retrofit existing units for electrification.
  • work to make electric vehicle charging more readily available throughout the city, to reduce carbon emissions.
  • transition commercial units from gas to electric.
  • incentivize all electric appliances in new housing.