Hayward earns fourth recognition for environmental leadership among cities worldwide

November 22, 2022

Last week, Hayward was again recognized as one of 122 local governments worldwide and among five other jurisdictions in the San Francisco Bay Area on the 2022 CDP Cities A List for its leadership in environmental action. The CDP A-List designation marks the fourth time in five years that Hayward has earned the honor.

The designation recognizes the City of Hayward for municipal investment in on-site renewable energy generation and recycled water infrastructure; for new building standards to phase out reliance on natural gas; completing a climate risk and vulnerability assessment as a part of updating the City’s Hazards and Safety Element; and assessing litter hot spots using a data-science approach.

CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a not-for-profit organization based in the United Kingdom that runs a global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts.

This year, more than 1,000 cities reported their climate data through CDP’s environmental disclosure platform and in so doing demonstrated commitment, transparency, and ambition in climate action.  All disclosed data is made available free of charge on CDP’s Open Data Platform.

In 2018 CDP began to score cities from A to D based on their disclosures for how effectively they are managing, measuring and working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and for adapting to climate risks.  That year, Hayward was one of just seven percent of cities who reported their environmental data through CDP to receive a grade of A. 2022 marks the third year in a row and fourth time since 2018 that Hayward has received the A List designation.