Environmental Sustainability

In 2020, San Antonio is recognized as a respectful steward of its natural resources and a model for responsible resource management.

San Antonio promotes responsible growth and the use of sustainable environmental practices. Its strategy is based on an integrated approach that establishes a green economy and focuses on three key areas:


Water resources are plentiful and effectively managed through a combination of conservation, supply development and other practices to support growth and sustainability for the next 50 years. The Edwards Aquifer continues to be protected and enhanced as the foundation of our present and future water supply. Continued longer term studies and analysis are conducted to identify more regional water supplies to support growth through the end of the 21st century.


The community relies on a well-balanced and affordable energy program combining the best advances in new technology with traditional energy sources to promote economic growth and environmental stewardship.


Development practices are focused on Smart Growth, Low Impact Development and Green Building.


As a City on the Rise, San Antonio has much to celebrate, but we must remain conscious that growing sustainably will be imperative to long-term quality of life of our community. In recent years, San Antonio has awakened a new sense of appreciation for our local natural environment, evident in miles of revitalized river trails and parks. Appreciation of this space needs to extend to our daily energy and water consumption. 


Increase Renewable Energy

  Met & Exceeded

In 2010, San Antonio residents said that they wanted to lead the nation in renewable energy (solar, wind and landfill gas) as a marker of environmental sustainability for our city. In 2012, San Antonio MET & EXCEEDED the 2020 goal to have 1,500 MW of renewable energy and has continued to do so each year. This type of accomplishment is not only a sign of progress for us as individuals, but also speaks to industry's innovation, social responsibility, and ability to adapt to a changing environment.

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Updated December 2016

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