Cupertino, U.S.

Bringing the circular economy to Cupertino’s food systems

About Cupertino, U.S.

Glass and steel corporate headquarters blend with tree-shrouded residential neighborhoods that climb into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain range. This is the backdrop for living, working and playing in Cupertino, California. The city’s renown as a center of innovation in Silicon Valley far surpasses its moderate size of approximately 60,000 residents. Around the world, Cupertino is famous as the home of high-tech giant Apple Inc. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Cupertino is known as one of the founding cities of Silicon Valley and as a city with excellent public schools. Quality schools and closeness to technology jobs make Cupertino a desirable address for a highly educated and culturally diverse population. Rich in opportunity, culture and sunshine, Cupertino is a progressive and diverse hometown in Silicon Valley for residents, businesses and visitors.

Cupertino sustainability challenges

  • Cupertino CAP 2.0

    The Cupertino CAP 2.0 has targeted community-wide carbon neutrality by 2040 in line with the emergency climate declaration made by the City Council in 2018 and in support of state and international climate goals. In order to achieve this, the following targets have been set for Cupertino’s future emissions: 3.39 MT CO2e per person by 2030 and 0.00 MT CO2e per person by 2040. Together, the measures and actions in the CAP 2.0 provide Cupertino with the GHG reductions necessary to achieve Cupertino’s 2030 climate action target. However, the 2040 GHG emissions reductions quantified are not yet enough to meet the City’s longer-term climate action target of carbon neutrality by 2040 or earlier. This CAP 2.0 aims to establish new systems that are resilient and equitable and make substantial progress towards carbon neutrality in the future. Future CAP updates past 2030 will also outline new measures and actions that Cupertino will implement to close the remaining gap to achieve the carbon neutrality target.

Cupertino’s existing sustainability commitments and targets

  • California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy

    SB1383-driven goals (California’s Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy) lay out specific required actions to reduce organics to landfill. All residents and businesses have access to 3-stream sorting (organics, recycling, landfill) and there is a robust food-rescue process implemented at the County level to collect and redistribute prepared food. Residents are encouraged and offered advice on separating out food scraps to go into yard waste carts. Waste characterizations in 2018/2019 showed organics to be roughly half of the landfilled garbage by weight, so that is a big focus for waste reduction and GHG reduction.