Environment, Climate Action, Resiliency, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Green Economy
In 2030, San Antonio is a model for responsible and responsive resource management. Recognizing the significance of natural resources to our well-being, we ensure a sustainable and resilient future through climate action and adaptation.
By 2012, renewable energy had surpassed the 2020 goal and renewable energy under contract continued to grow. Between 2010 and 2020, there was a 76% increase in renewable energy.
By 2020, the air quality index in San Antonio was lower, slightly, than in 2010, but not enough to meet the 2020 goal.
After a sharp uptick in 2011, Bexar County decreased its water use, surpassing the 2020 goal in 2014. In 2019, Bexar County reduced its gallons per capita per day by 10%.
Bexar County consistently reduced its energy use between 2013 and 2019. In 2019, energy use was 8% less than 2010 and exceeded the 2020 goal.
Moderate progress was made in reducing residential waste by 15% between 2010 and 2019. The City of San Antonio's Solid Waste Management Department notes that the COVID-19 crisis had a significant impact on operations. Trash, recycling, and organics-collected tonnage all rose beginning in April 2020. There was a 12% increase in tonnage from April through September 2020 over the same period in 2019. Additionally, at the brush, bulky, and household hazardous waste drop-off centers, the volume was 53% over the same period in 2019.
Though the 2020 goal was not met, San Antonians increased residential recycling by 82% between 2010 and 2020.
In 2015, San Antonio River Authority (SARA), in collaboration with other local organizations, developed a method for calculating and tracking Development with Low Environmental Impact, which had been prioritized in the 2020 visioning process. In 2019, there were four times the number of these developments than in 2016, doubling the 2020 goal.
After a decline in jobs in green industries, a significant jump in employment happened in 2019, surpassing the 2010 baseline for the first time ever and showing progress. This increase is likely due to a 56% increase in employees in engineering services and a 38% increase in employees in testing laboratories over 2018.