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Green Vision Goals

The Green Vision will transform San José into the world center of Clean Technology innovation, promote cutting-edge sustainable practices, and demonstrate that the goals of economic growth, environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility are inextricably linked. Council adopted the Green Vision, comprised of ten aggressive goals related to jobs, energy, water, waste, trees, and transportation, in October 2007.

By the year 2022, the City of San José in tandem with its residents and businesses will:
Clean Tech Jobs Goal 1
Create 25,000 Clean Tech Jobs as the World Center of Clean Innovation

Energy Use
Goal 2

Reduce Per Capita Energy Use by 50%

Renewable Energy

Goal 3
Receive 100% of Our Electrical Power from Clean, Renewable Sources

Green Buildings

Goal 4

Build or Retrofit 50 Million Square Feet of Green Buildings

Recycling from Landfill

Goal 5
Divert 100% of waste from Landfill and Convert Waste to Energy

Recycle water
Goal 6
Recycle or Beneficially Reuse 100% of our Wastewater

Sustainable General Plan

Goal 7
Adopt a General Plan with Measurable Standards for Sustainable Development

Clean Fuel Fleets
Goal 8
Ensure that 100 Percent of public Fleet Vehicles Run on Alternative Fuels
Trees and Streetlights

Goal 9
Plant 100,000 New Trees and Replace 100 Percent of Our Streetlights with Smart, Zero Emission Lighting


Goal 10
Create 100 Miles of Trails connecting with 400 miles of on-street bikeways
This comprehensive graph shows how we’ve been doing since 2007.
Overall Green Vision Progress
To learn more about these metrics, view individual Green Vision Goal pages.