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A Cleaner, Greener, Healthier Oakland for All
|Students from International High School work with volunteer park steward Dale Risden in uncovering the original creek bed at Joaquin Miller’s home, The Abbey, in the 500-acre Joaquin Miller Park.|
With more than 100 parks, acres of open space, and beautiful vistas of creeks, forested hills and gleaming Bay, Oakland is a leader in combating Global Warming--Oakland recycles 75% of its waste, among the highest in the nation! By creating a sustainable city, we promote a green economy and healthy environment that benefits us all.
Consistently ranked among the ten greenest cities in the United States, Oakland models environmental improvement through four interconnected strategies:
- Growing the green economy by attracting the emerging field of green businesses and jobs
- Creating green opportunities by training residents to secure and succeed in green jobs
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency; shifting to clean, renewable energy sources; and achieving our zero-waste goals
- Ensuring a green, safe, healthy environment for all residents and visitors
To learn more about Oakland's green strategies, visit Sustainable Oakland on the City's website.
Volunteer park stewards work closely with or Public Works agency staff help keep watch over Oakland's parks, creeks and open spaces. For additional information check out the Public Works Volunteer Opportunities page.
The Oakland Parks Coalition also monitors park maintenance and supports park stewards.
Help keep Oakland green by organizing or joining an Earth Day Project in your neighborhood.