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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
Oakland Creek to Bay Day Saturday September 19, 2014:Join thousands of volunteers to clean and beautify Oakland's creeks, shorelines and Lake Merritt. Volunteers will remove trash and invasive plants, and/or plant California native plants. Learn more and register 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. Known as CaliforniaFIRST, the nation’s largest Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, projects are financed on a homeowner’s property taxes at low cost. The program is now active in 17 California counties, including Alameda. 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. This is an exciting time for Oakland property owners, who now have another easy way to save energy and water, lower their utility bills, and be part of making Oakland one of the most sustainable cities in the world.
- Sustainable Oakland 2012-13 Report: Read about Oakland’s recent progress in becoming a more livable and sustainable city. Download the Sustainable Oakland 2012-13 Report.
- 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!
- Energy and Climate Action Plan: Oakland's Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) was adopted by the City Council on December 4, 2012. Learn more about the ECAP.
- Rebates for Home Energy Upgrades: Get up to $6,500 in rebates when you make your home more energy-efficient. 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.
- "Zero Waste” Initiatives: In March 2006 the Oakland City Council adopted a Zero Waste Goal by 2020 and in December 2006 passed a resolution adopting a Zero Wastes Strategic Plan.
- Green Building Ordinance for Private Development Adopted
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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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