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Oakland is consistently recognized as one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the nation! 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 and into the future.
Protecting a clean and ecologically healthy environment; growing a strong economy brimming with opportunity; and fostering a safe, equitable and vibrant community are all critical components of this vision.
Our award-winning sustainability efforts rely on a collaborative approach emphasizing balanced continuous improvement.
News & Highlights
Sustainable Oakland 2013-14 Report
Now Available! Read about Oakland’s recent progress in becoming a more livable and sustainable City. Download the Sustainable Oakland 2013-14 Report.
Home Energy Workshops and Energy Efficiency Home Tour
Have you wondered about how to save energy in your home, reduce your utility bills, and even receive rebates of up to $6,500? Perhaps you'd like to see how others in Oakland have done this successfully. In partnership with StopWaste, the City of Oakland is holding two Home Energy Workshops on November 5 (Montclair Recreation Center) and 6 (Oakland City Hall), and an Energy Efficiency Home Tour on Sunday November 9. The Home Tour will allow you to visit a home in Rockridge where an Oakland family recently completed energy upgrades and received a $4,000 rebate. Refreshments will be served at all events. Click here for details and a link to register.
Successful Creek to Bay Day
City of Oakland Public Works thanks all the volunteers, sponsors and partners who helped make Oakland’s 19th annual Creek to Bay Day a success! Approximately 1,000 Oakland volunteers removed over 500 bags of trash and over 150 cubic yards of invasive weeds from Oakland’s creeks and bay shoreline. Read more at www.oaklandcreektobay.org.
New Financing Tool for Clean Energy Projects
Oakland homeowners have a new resource to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects at low cost. Through CaliforniaFIRST, the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, projects are financed on a homeowner’s property taxes at low cost. Homeowners choose a contractor and install a custom, eligible clean energy project, such as efficient heating and cooling systems, solar panels, low-flow toilets, home insulation or electric vehicle charging stations. ACT SOON: Customers whose project applications are approved by October 15, 2014, will receive a $500 check! This is another easy way to save energy and water, reduce your utility bills and be part of making Oakland one of the most sustainable cities in the world.
Oakland Green Businesses Featured in San Francisco Business Times
May 24th San Francisco Business Times features stories about innovative local green businesses, green buildings and more!
Rebates for Home Energy Upgrades
Get up to $6,500 in rebates when you make your home more energy-efficient. Energy Upgrade California is a one-stop-shop for home improvement projects that will save you money, lower your energy use and make your home healthier and more comfortable. Learn how you can take advantage of these limited-time rebates, view a list of qualified local contractors, and get started today.
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Green Building Ordinance for private development adopted.
Successful Creek to Bay Day
Sustainable City Performance Areas
Explore the interconnected Sustainable City Performance Areas below to learn more about Oakland's sustainability performance, achievements and resources.
- Housing, Land Use & Transportation
- Health, Safety & Wellbeing
- Natural Resources, Waste & Environmental Health
- Economic Prosperity
- Buildings, Energy & Climate
- Education, Culture & Community
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