Atherton looks to work with local residents, regional agencies, and private organizations in order to build a more sustainable future. Initiatives working towards this goal include education and outreach to the community on sustainable practices, providing a category of programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and saving energy at home, and the adoption of a Climate Action Plan.
Energy efficiency means buildings using less energy. New, emerging technologies, as well as simple in-house solutions can lead to more energy efficient homes for Atherton residents.
Green or sustainable building is the practice of resource efficient techniques during demolition, construction, renovations, and maintenance. Techniques to achieve green building include: maximizing natural lighting, utilizing energy efficient lighting, and using recycled construction materials, among others.
Sustainable water management can have benefits such as reduced pollution into the storm water systems and provide a sustainable source of water through repurposed rain fall.
Waste reduction does not only mean reducing garbage. It also entails recycling and composting.
The Climate Action Plan provides a framework through which the Town of Atherton can set and monitor sustainability targets.
Carbon Footprint Calculators
The following online tools allow residents to calculate their carbon footprint by answering questions pertaining to home energy and water usage, transportation, food consumption, and shopping. Both tools linked are free to use.