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City of San Antonio Sustainability Plan Project

San Antonio, TX, USA

Goverment Champion

Office of Sustainability


200 Thousand USD

Project Status

Operational since 2016


Climate Change

Challenges Addressed

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


Resilient city
Sustainable city
Equitable city

Funding / Financing

General Fund/Existing Public Funds

Project Type


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


  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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