San Francisco Department of the Environment

City Departments Leading the Way on Climate Action

The City and County of San Francisco is one of the first cities in the United States to require city departments to track and report their greenhouse gas emissions in annual Departmental Climate Action Plans. In addition to tracking vehicle fuel and building energy usage, departments also look at water usage, and employee practices related to waste, transportation, and purchasing. This process helps departments identify how to improve operations, reduce their carbon footprints, and address climate change.

Every year, the Department of the Environment engages over 60 city departments in the climate action planning process, by providing data and education on environmental policies to departmental climate liaisons. These climate representatives then do outreach and education to pioneer organizational change. By assisting the Department of the Environment with surveys and information gathering, the City can answer questions such as the following:

  • How do San Francisco City employees get to work?
  • How can we improve recycling and composting practices within our offices?
  • Which buildings have the greatest opportunity for energy efficiency improvements?

Municipal Carbon Footprint



Analysis of fiscal year 2013 municipal greenhouse gas emissions shows that over 57% of municipal greenhouse gas emissions are from the combustion of natural gas. The remaining 38% are from transportation fuels and 5% from communitywide wastewater emissions. View the full emmissions chart.


San Francisco Departmental Climate Action Plans

Fiscal Year 2012-13
Fiscal Year 2011-12
Fiscal Year 2010-11

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