Oakland, California is seeking comprehensive solutions to environmental problems. The city's approach simultaneously addresses environmental concerns and social issues like poverty. In July, Oakland was named a 2010 Smarter City for Energy.
Oakland is developing local green businesses and training residents for the new green workforce. Local groups and educational establishments have teamed up to train and place low-income residents in jobs like solar installation, energy-efficiency retrofits and green building.
Oakland is behind some innovative energy initiatives. The city is launching an energy efficiency program in the commercial downtown area and encouraging investment. The program provides technical assistance and incentives to increase the energy efficiency of older buildings.
Oakland's green jobs and energy initiatives are a model for cities around the world.
California's Government Partnerships
Berkeley's Climate Action Plan
Smarter Cities' Best Green American Municipalities
Electric Vehicles Combat Smog
Environmental Impact of Overpopulation and Sustainable Development
US Green Legislation
Midwest Best Practices Conference for Sustainable Communities
Sustainable Brands Innovation Open Finalists
Electric Vehicles Need New Business Models
Greener Commercial Transport Vehicles
Business for the Environment Global Summit
The Green Job Market