In 2006, the City of Fremont signed onto the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, formalizing the City's commitment to environmental protection. That same year, Fremont also passed a Sustainability Policy, requiring the use of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards in the design, construction, operation and maintenance for new City facilities.
At the end of 2007, the Mayor appointed a Green Task Force, which provided a list of recommendations to City staff.
In 2008, the City completed its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory in partnership with StopWaste and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.
By 2011, the City had completed its General Plan 2030 update, including a Sustainability Element as the opening chapter and central theme throughout the document.
On November 13, 2012, City Council adopted the City’s first Climate Action Plan, which provides a blueprint for achieving a 25% greenhouse gas emissions reduction from a 2005 baseline by the year 2020.
To help implement the Climate Action Plan, the City appointed an Environmental Sustainability Commission as well as a Sustainability Coordinator in 2013.
At the beginning of 2014, Fremont completed the 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update utilizing the newest calculation methodology, demonstrating a decrease of 11% in community-wide emissions between the years of 2005 and 2010.
The City now supports a number of sustainability projects, including efforts to encourage energy efficiency projects, promote clean transportation options, adopt renewable energy sources, improve in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, divert waste through recycling and composting, conserve water, and other related measures.Fremont Sustainability