Oakland

OAKLAND

On the eastern side of San Francisco Bay, Oakland has a population of around 433,000 people and a land area of around 56 square miles. This makes Oakland approximately ten times the size of San Francisco with half the population

Climate change has caused Oakland’s sea level to rise eight inches over the past 100 years, which has caused significant damage to local ecosystems. The 2015-2016 El Niño storms chipped away at it’s coasts, making the sea level rise even more costly to both people and wildlife. Oakland also suffered from the area’s 2015-2016 drought, another result of climate change. As the Earth continues to warm, Oakland can expect more periods of drought and powerful storms. Nearby wildfires, also a result of climate change, makes breathing a problem for residents year-round. As climate change drags on, East Oakland flats will become even hotter because of the asphalt and gray industrial concrete that absorbs the sun’s heat. Since recreation centers and schools do not have air conditioning as a result of historical injustice, East Oakland’s residents have less access to local cooling centers. The area’s lack of trees also adds to the impact of even walking in the community on a hot day. 

Oakland developed a new Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) which passed the Oakland City Council unanimously in July 2020. The ECAP is the City’s 10-year plan for mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis in ways that improve racial equity across Oakland. The ECAP includes 40 Actions across 7 sectors. More than 2,000 Oaklanders provided insights that were incorporated into the Plan over a two-year development period.

The ECAP was developed pursuant to City Council’s adopted 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 56% relative to 2005 levels, as well as Oaklands 2018 Climate Emergency and Just Transition Resolution. Oakland’s City Council also adopted a 2045 Carbon Neutrality Goal, calling for a dramatic reduction in Oakland’s greenhouse gas emissions and “deep decarbonization” of the building and transportation sectors by 2045. This follows the previous reduction target of 36 percent by 2020.

March for Climate Change, Oakland, CA

CURRENT NEWS

Padilla, Lee Highlight $1.2 Billion Investment in California’s ARCHES Hydrogen Hub During Tour of Port of Oakland

04/04/24
Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.-12) toured hydrogen projects at the Port of Oakland alongside leadership from the Port of Oakland and the Alliance for Renewable Clean Hydrogen Energy…
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City of Oakland Prepares for Adoption of the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan

03/22/24
First ever specific plan for Downtown Oakland aims to increase housing and jobs near transit, expand funding for public services, revitalize local businesses and enhance public safety, modernize and broaden the role of downtown, prepare…
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City of Oakland Joins Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities Initiative to Propel Urban Innovation and Black Business Incubation through Urban Forest Plan

03/13/24
Today, Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao, in partnership with Bloomberg American Sustainable Cities, proudly announced that the City of Oakland has been chosen by Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of 25 U.S. cities to participate in the…
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Oakland city workers inspect trash bins to help fight climate change. Here’s how it works

By Ryan Curry 03/07/24
Oakland workers went around the city Wednesday, inspecting trash cans. These workers wanted to make sure Oaklanders were properly throwing away their garbage. This means putting items in their right places of compost, recycling or…
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Dungeons, Dragons and Environmental Justice: Games Teach Kids Climate Action

By Olivia Black 01/19/24
Lil Milagro Henriquez recognizes the power of using imagination to create change. As the executive director and founder of the Mycelium Youth Network (MYN), a climate resilience organization in Oakland, California, Henriquez has found a…
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First atmospheric river storm of the season heading into Northern California, bringing rain

By Paul Rogers 09/24/23
The first atmospheric river storm of the season is forecast to hit Northern California on Sunday and Monday, bringing much needed help fighting fires in remote, rugged areas near the Oregon border that have sent…
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Oakland Airport expansion is a threat to climate change goals, environmental coalition warns

By Will Mccarthy 08/15/23
After an onslaught of wildfires, dangerous heat and flooding over the past few years, a recent survey shows that a third of Bay Area residents view climate change as one of the most pressing challenges…
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How Greening California Schoolyards Protects Kids and the Climate

By Laura Klivans 06/29/23
Mayra Gudiño walked across the central schoolyard at Bridges Academy at Melrose, a public elementary school in East Oakland last fall. It’s a familiar place, where Gudiño has sent all three of her children for…
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Port of Oakland, California signs 12-year contract for Geysers geothermal power supply

By Carlo Cariaga 06/28/23
The Board of Port Commissioners of the Port of Oakland in California has agreed to purchase geothermal power from the Geysers Power Company. The contract will run for 12 years from January 1, 2025 to…
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Oakland water district’s time capsule could end up buried beneath the sea

By Will McCarthy 05/22/23
A time capsule buried near the base of the Bay Bridge on Monday to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the East Bay Municipal Utility District could be underwater at its own centennial, swamped by the…
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Attorney General Bonta Files Amicus Brief Supporting Oakland and San Francisco’s Efforts to Hold Big Oil Accountable for Misleading the Public, Worsening the Climate Crisis

05/12/23
California Attorney General Rob Bonta, leading a coalition of 16 attorneys general, filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals supporting the City of Oakland and the City and County of San…
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Oakland Releases Environmental Justice & Safety Elements + Environmental Impact Report Drafts for Public Review

05/10/23
The City of Oakland is extremely pleased to announce the release of the Draft Environmental Justice (EJ) Element and Draft Safety Element for public review and feedback! This is the first time the City has…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

Oakland’s 2020 Energy and Climate Action Plan

08/14/20
Oakland's 2020 Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) was adopted by the City Council on December 4th, 2012. The purpose of the City's first ECAP is to identify and prioritize actions the City can take…

KEY RESOURCES

Earth House Center — Oakland, California

04/03/20
The mission of Earth House Center, in Oakland, California, is to build healthy, just, and sustainable communities through education, training and multimedia communication tools.

Green leaders of oakland

04/03/20
Daniel Hamilton has been passionately cleaning and greening local governments since 1997.

Best sustainable organic restaurants in Oakland, CA

04/03/20
List of organic restaurants in Oakland.

BOMA Oakland/East Bay Sustainability

04/03/20
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. For humans, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use.

Alameda County Sustainability

04/03/20
Press Releases.

California Sustainability Alliance

04/03/20
Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay area, with a population of 400,000. It has undertaken numerous sustainable development initiatives. In 1998, the City of Oakland adopted a Sustainable Community Development…

Best solar companies in Oakland, CA for 2020

04/03/20
EnergySage helps you go solar

Energy Programs for Residents

04/03/20
Support is available to help Oakland home owners and tenants improve the energy efficiency of their properties, conserve energy and reduce their energy bills.

Welcome to the Local Clean Energy Alliance

04/03/20
We are the Bay Area’s foremost membership organization working at the local, state, and national level to promote a clean energy future through the development and democratization of local renewable energy resources.

Energy Programs Serving Oakland

04/02/20
Support is available to help Oakland home owners and tenants improve the energy efficiency of their properties, conserve energy and reduce their energy bills. Follow the links below for more information on these exciting programs.

CLEANER ELECTRICITY. LOWER RATES. COMMUNITY BENEFITS

04/02/20
East Bay Community Energy, also known as EBCE, is the local electricity supplier in Alameda County. EBCE provides cleaner, greener energy at competitive rates to our customers. EBCE reinvests earnings back into the community to…

CHPS Program Updates

04/02/20
Two of our newest projects meeting Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Criteria are the Child Development Centers at Stonehurst and Arroyo Viejo. The La Escuelita Educational Complex, Phase 1, our first zero net energy…

Oakland | Sustainability

04/02/20
The City of Oakland is committed to leading Oakland's progress in becoming a more sustainable city – a community in which all people have the opportunity to pursue safe, happy, healthy and fulfilling lives, now…

The Energy Group

04/02/20
The Energy Group advocates for and supports planning and implementation of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs for Oakland residents and businesses. In addition to supporting energy efficiency throughout Oakland, the City is leading by…

The Energy Group

04/02/20
The City's Energy Group reduces electricity and natural gas use and greenhouse gas emissions from City facilities through advancing energy conservation, efficiency and solar power generation. It also advocates for and supports planning and implementation…

Oakland Clean Energy Initiative

04/02/20
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is making moves to provide more local clean energy in Alameda County through its solicitation as part of the Oakland Clean Energy Initiative. This initiative, a partnership with PG&E, will…

Go Green

04/02/20
We’re proud to say that we have been consistently named one of the greenest colleges in the nation by the Princeton Review since the ranking began in 2009. It’s part of our commitment to sustainability…

MORE NEWS

California and the Bay Area Have More Environmental Work to Do

By Nancy Skinner   08/08/19  
Here in the Bay Area, we pride ourselves on being environmental trailblazers. Our achievements include pioneering curbside recycling, prohibiting the use of ozone-depleting Styrofoam, and leading the effort to ban plastic bags, straws, and utensils.
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Sunrun Has Found a Way to Crack Energy Storage Markets

By Travis Hoium   07/22/19  
Energy storage has always been a natural complement to solar energy systems, but the two never seem to find a successful way to work together in practice. Tesla's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Powerwall was supposed to be a…
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This “virtual power plant” made of solar and batteries means Oakland can stop burning jet fuel

By Adele Peters   07/20/19  
When the demand for electricity surges in Oakland, California, a power plant burning jet fuel switches on, pumping pollution into the western part of the city. But the plant will soon close—and will be replaced…
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On Sustainable Development, California–and the Entire Country–Has a Long Way to Go

By Melanie Curry   07/11/19  
As rankings go, this sounds good. The Bay Area cities of San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward scored the highest in the U.S. on achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals [PDF]. These are goals that the 193 member…
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Oakland to Swap Jet-Fuel-Burning Peaker Plant for Urban Battery

By Julian Spector   06/26/19  
ack London Square reminds a visitor of Oakland's nautical roots. Seagulls squawk, ships bob in the harbor, commuters rush out of cars or wheel their bikes to the ferry terminal to embark across the San…
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People Power Solar Cooperative’s First Community-Owned Solar Project Installed in Oakland

By Subin DeVar   03/25/19  
The 7 kW installation is a culmination of the cooperative’s work to develop a model for solar development that focuses on building community wealth and fostering long-term community ownership.
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