On April 18th, 2017, the South Lake Tahoe City Council took a step toward implementing its vision of “reflecting the national treasure in which we live” by adopting a resolution to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2032, at least a 50% reduction in emissions by 2030, and an 80% reduction in emissions by 2040. The City will also transition to 50% municipal renewable energy by 2025 and 100% renewable energy for municipal operations by 2032. South Lake Tahoe was the 26th city in the United States to make this commitment.
The City will continue tracking its progress in reducing emissions by conducting greenhouse gas inventories every three years. In order for the City to meet its aggressive emissions reduction targets on time, a climate action plan will be developed in 2020.
Publication of the City's efforts will be included in the City's annual performance reports to the public.
Other efforts include:
- Municipal Facilities Energy Efficiency Upgrades
- Solar Installations on Municipal Facilities (Solar Energy and Economic Development Fund Program)
- Climate Action Planning
- Polystyrene Regulation Ordinance adopted April 3, 2018
- Plastic Bag Ban
- Sustainable Business Initiatives
- Zero Waste
- Local Gardening
- Endorsement of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763