In Atherton CA, the local government has a sustainability plan working with residents, regional agencies, and private organizations including sustainable practices aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and saving energy at home, and the adoption of a Climate Action Plan.
Carbon Footprint Calculators- FREE online tools allow residents to calculate their carbon footprint by answering questions pertaining to home energy and water usage, transportation, food consumption, and shopping.
Climate Action Plan- provides a framework through which the Town of Atherton can set and monitor sustainability targets.
Energy Efficiency- buildings & residences using less energy via emerging technologies, as well as simple in-house solutions.
Green Building- practices use of resource-efficient techniques during demolition, construction, renovations, and maintenance. Techniques include: maximizing natural lighting, utilizing energy-efficient lighting, and using recycled construction materials, among others.
Water Conservation- helps to reduce pollution into the stormwater systems and provide a sustainable source of water through repurposed rainfall.
Waste Reduction- is achieved by reducing garbage, recycling, and composting.
GET INVOLVED- WHAT CAN I DO?
“Sustaining the Future" is the town’s Climate Action Plan brochure featuring sustainability resources, tips and tricks for Atherton’s Residents to implement in their everyday lives.
The Environmental Volunteers network also has many ways for individuals to get involved in efforts in their city or county.