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City of San Antonio Sustainability Plan Project

San Antonio, TX, USA
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Goverment Champion

Office of Sustainability

Cost

Initial:
200 Thousand USD

Project Status

Operational since 2016

Keywords

engagement
sustainability
Climate Change
Resilience
CO2reduction

Challenges Addressed

Economic Development
Citizen Engagement
Food Insecurity
Transportation
Air Quality, Health, Noise
Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Congestion
Parking
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Mobility & Access

Motivation

Resilient city
Sustainable city
Equitable city

Funding / Financing

General Fund/Existing Public Funds

Project Type

Project
Tool
Service

At a Glance

The City of San Antonio Office of Sustainability worked closely with KLA to create a sustainability plan that was informed by extensive community engagement and best available science. These efforts resulted in an interactive sustainability plan that includes more than 20 specific metrics and 68 specific actions.

Problem Addressed

San Antonio is currently the 7th largest city in the United States and is anticipating another one million people by 2040. To address current and future opportunities and challenges associated with this growth, the City of San Antonio launched a community-based planning process, SA Tomorrow, in 2014. SA Tomorrow is a three-pronged planning effort designed to guide San Antonio towards smart, sustainable growth and to meet and build upon the collective vision articulated for San Antonio through the SA2020 visioning process in 2011. The Sustainability Plan focuses on the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental, and social) and is the roadmap for both the community and the municipal government to achieve the overall vision of a sustainable San Antonio.

San Antonio, TX used/is using its Sustainability Action Plan to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

As part of the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan project, the KLA Team delivered a number of services including:

• Design of integrated sustainability planning process that was aligned with the STAR Community Rating System

• Facilitation of Leadership & Advisory Committee meetings

• Developed Sustainability Plan, with current conditions, goals, actions, metrics, & targets for 8 Focus Areas

• LGOP & GPC Compliant greenhouse gas emissions inventories

• Climate Vulnerability Assessment

• Community Engagement Plan

• Hosting of City’s first Sustainability Forum

• Online and in-person public engagement

• Sustainability Framework for parallel planning processes

• Sustainability Dashboard to provide ongoing engagement and reporting related to the identified goals and targets.

• Sustainable Return on Investment Analyses

Outcomes

  1. Engaged more than 4,000 people in the Sustainability Planning process
  2. 68 specific actions to be implemented in 7 Focus Areas
  3. 23 metrics to track progress toward goals

Something Unique

We placed a large focus on inclusive and equitable engagement, we also designed and hosted the City's first Sustainability Forum

Who Should Consider?

Any local government interested in addressing climate change to create a more sustainable and resilient future that engages all community members equitably.

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