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Asthma affects thousands of Oakland kids. These residents are working to prevent it

By Sonya Lustig Photo: Amir Aziz

For the most part, Zaniah Whitfield’s mornings are nothing out of the ordinary. The four-year-old brushes her teeth, changes into school clothes, and eats breakfast with her mother, Claunisha Frazier, in their East Oakland home. But before stepping out of the front door, Whitfield also takes a dose of her Flovent, a prescribed steroid that prevents asthma attacks.


The interview: Oakland’s sustainability officer

Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter in September 2021 took the forward step of appointing a new environmental sustainability officer who is responsible for integrating social, financial, and environmental sustainability perspectives and best practices into everyday operations not only for the county, but also for local city, township and villages.


Feinstein Announces Grants for Long Beach, Oakland Ports

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement announcing more than $57 million in grants for ports in Long Beach and Oakland: “This much-needed funding will help improve port infrastructure in both Long Beach and Oakland, boosting supply-chain efficiency while also helping the ports transition to cleaner energy sources.


California Cities Lead Nation in Clean Energy, New Report Finds

By Madeline Fitzgerald Photo: Andrew Zarivny/shutterstock

San Francisco leads the nation in clean energy and other environmental initiatives, according to a report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. The ACEEE, a nonprofit research organization, released a report this week that ranked 100 major U.S. cities. The rankings are based on five policy areas: community-wide initiatives, buildings policies, transportation policies, local government operations and energy and water utilities.


Piedmont awarded for efforts to reduce climate change

By Linda Davis Photo: Dick Carter

Residents are trying out carbon-neutral induction cooktops, and the City Council is working toward installing electric vehicle charging stations on Magnolia Avenue through East Bay Community Energy. For a small city, Piedmont has made great strides in sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, receiving 2021 Beacon Spotlight Awards from the Institute for Local Government.


Oakland Nature Preserve to host Youth Climate Project

By Annabelle Sikes

The Youth Climate Project, in partnership with the Amon Family Foundation, “challenges high school juniors and seniors to get involved and learn about the role climate change is projected to play in Florida’s future and consider innovative ways we can begin to resolve its effects,” according to the YCP website.


Oakland Roots to Become Climate Positive by 2022 in Partnership with EBCE

Oakland Roots SC today announced their commitment to be among the first professional soccer teams in the world to become climate positive. This means that Oakland Roots will go beyond achieving net-zero carbon emissions by removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit. The commitment builds on their partnership with East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a local public power agency leading the transition to green power, and will be celebrated on the club’s first ‘Climate Night’ against LA Galaxy II on Saturday September 18th.


Pressed by drought and climate change, a California city turns to desalination

By Nick Cahill Photo: Nick Cahill , Courthouse News Service

Founded on a lush plain of the largest estuary on the West Coast of North America shortly after gold was discovered, Antioch’s fortunes have always risen and fallen with the delta tides.


In Berkeley Visit, U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm Says U.S. Must ‘Act With Urgency’ to Reduce Planet-Warming Emissions

By Kevin Stark Photo: Beth Laberge / KQWED

In her first official visit as the nation’s top energy official, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm returned to Berkeley last week to promote the Biden administration’s clean energy agenda.


As wildfire risks grow, so does push for California housing reform

By Louis Hansen Photo: Karl Mondon , Bay Area News Group

As California’s wildfire season grows longer and more devastating blazes sweep through communities, researchers say the state must overhaul its development policies and community rebuilding efforts or risk greater tragedy and loss of lives.