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How might we empower Sunnyvale to become a carbon-neutral community?

The Opportunity

The City of Sunnyvale invites you to identify strategies and solutions to help us meet our collective goal of becoming a carbon-neutral community. We strongly believe in co-creating a more sustainable, healthy, and livable community with community members like you. That’s why we have partnered with OpenIDEO, Acterra, and DNV-GL to launch this online platform: Innovate Climate Action in Sunnyvale Challenge. Our goal is to empower you to showcase ideas that reduce carbon emissions in Sunnyvale. Together, we will reimagine what the future of energy, mobility, consumption, and data/technology will look like in Sunnyvale.


Challenge Goal

We are looking for the most innovative solutions* that will help our community reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 or sooner (see figure below). Ideas submitted will receive design support and feedback from other participants, technical experts, and seasoned designers. Top ideas will be incorporated into our updated Climate Action Plan (CAP 2.0), a comprehensive roadmap that outlines strategies to reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The path to 80% GHG Emissions Reduction in Sunnyvale.

*See Terms and Conditions.


Four Opportunity Areas

We want to know how you think we can become a carbon-neutral community by changing:

  • How we power our buildings (Energy)
  • How we get around (Mobility)
  • How we consume and conserve resources (Resources)
  • How we learn from and use technology (Data & Technology)


Eligibility Criteria

We welcome ideas from community members who live, work, do business in, or regularly visit Sunnyvale. This includes newcomers, long-time Sunnyvale residents, those who own, manage, or work at large or small businesses in Sunnyvale, our youngest minds, our seasoned community leaders, and our seniors. We want to hear all voices from our diverse community: from those that are already taking climate-positive actions to those for whom it is not a priority. As you proceed with submitting an idea, please specify your relationship with Sunnyvale.


Evaluation Criteria

Impact (Carbon emissions reduction) - What is the current and anticipated carbon reduction offered by the proposed idea?

Cost - How much will it cost to the City, community, and others to implement this idea and to scale it across the city? Where will the funding come from?

Transformational - To what extent will this idea positively transform how people live and work in Sunnyvale (e.g., drastically or only a small change)?

Technical Feasibility - Does the technology exist today to support this idea, or is it anticipated in the future?

Time Needed to Implement - How long will it take to implement this idea (e.g., 1 year, 10 years, 30 years)?

Community Buy-in - Is the Sunnyvale community interested in this idea? How do you know?

Co-benefits - Does this idea provide other benefits (e.g., health, convenience, economic, resource conservation, and equity) aside from reducing carbon emissions? Does it improve the quality of life of our community members?

This challenge is now over.
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119 final ideas

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