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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
Electric Vehicle Charging in New Construction – New Requirements
As of March 14th, 2017, Oakland builders are required to provide increased levels of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) infrastructure in all new buildings, including design for compliance with state Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for PEV infrastructure. The new requirements are designed to accelerate the installation of vehicle chargers to address demand and ensure that clean technologies will be available to all. Click here for a Fact Sheet explaining the new code.
Sustainable Oakland 2015-16 Report
Read about Oakland’s recent progress in becoming a more livable and sustainable city. Download the 2015-2016 report.
2016 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Now Available!
Oaklanders reduced their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 14% since 2005: That is among the exciting findings in the city's updated GHG emissions inventory. The inventory tracks emissions from all sectors of the community, including residential, commercial, and local government activities. Click here to read the full report.
The City of Oakland considers water conservation a high priority and an essential part of our commitment to being a sustainable city. See how the City of Oakland is reducing water use in its municipal operations, and some of the many resources, tool and strategies available to help residents to lower water usage and be part of the solution to the water crisis.
New Financing Tools for Clean Energy Projects
It is now easier than ever for Oakland homeowners and commercial property owners to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency and renewable energy projects at low cost. On September 8, 2015, Oakland City Council authorized five Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing providers to operate in the city. With PACE, projects are financed on a homeowner’s or property owner's property taxes at low cost. You get to 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, drought-tolerant landscaping, or electric vehicle charging stations. 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. Click here to find a list of PACE providers in Oakland.
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.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland EarthEXPO is an annual environmental fair that highlights transportation, environmental health, waste reduction, water, energy, urban design, nature, and community themes. Approximately 100 exhibitors will showcase their contributions for a sustainable environment to an estimated 3,000 attendees. To register your exhibit, or for more information, go to www.oaklandearthexpo.org.
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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