Environmental Sustainability

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

The Vision

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.

More of the Story

In this graph is a cumulative total of recycle and waste diversion over 8 years. Note that the household hazardous waste drop off grew from 0.02% to 0.09%. This disposes responsibly of toxic substances like: oil, paint, pesticides, anti-freeze, batteries, and household cleaners. Bulky item collection grew from 0.04% to 0.13%.

To see the full Environmental Sustainability report, click here.

Call to Action

See SA Climate Ready’s draft plan here, and visit SAClimateReady.org to find opportunities to provide feedback and get involved.  

Community Stories

Conservation, Art, and History Converge

From the striking murals located throughout the trail to the flood bypass tunnel that depicts the night sky from 1718, San Antonio’s culture and history are central in every public art piece along the San Pedro Creek Culture Project.

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Environmental Sustainability Partners

13% of SA2020 Nonprofit Partners impact Environmental Sustainability. 

Explore more of our multi-sector partners in the SA2020 Ecosystem Map