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Oakland, CA adopts 10-Year Equitable Climate Action Plan


Oakland, CA – In July, the Oakland City Council unanimously voted to adopt the 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP), the City’s new 10-year plan for mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis through actions rooted in equity.

“The Equitable Climate Action Plan is Oakland's strategy to create a future built on justice, equal opportunity, and environmental protection,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said. “Our city's commitment to social justice guided the development of the plan, and will guide its implementation over the next decade.”

City staff worked with an Equity Facilitator team, co-led by two local racial and environmental justice organizations on a year-and-a-half-long community engagement process to guide the Plan. A Neighborhood Leadership Cohort, with residents from each City Council district, helped lead engagement activities, including workshops, social media, “climate equity work days,” an online survey, and town halls. In all, more than 2,100 Oaklanders contributed their input into the Plan, as did dozens of technical experts. Engagement was conducted with an eye toward uplifting voices of frontline communities that face the gravest impacts from the climate crisis.

“This Equitable Climate Action Plan represents a new way of truly embedding equity in Oakland’s climate change strategy,” City of Oakland Sustainability Manager Daniel Hamilton said. “It lays out an ambitious effort to pursue carbon neutrality while addressing broader social challenges like racial inequity, housing and food insecurity, public health, and workforce development. Climate change demands immediate action, and this ECAP demonstrates that we can significantly lower emissions while also prioritizing our most vulnerable residents.”

The 2030 ECAP includes 40 actions across seven sectors (Transportation + Land Use, Buildings, Material Waste + Consumption, Adaptation, Carbon Removal, City Leadership, and the Port of Oakland) that prioritize good, green job pathways, particularly for those who have historically faced employment barriers; cleaner air, both along busy freeway corridors and inside homes; improved tree canopy coverage, particularly in East Oakland and West Oakland; increased mobility through active and public transit; improved resilience; and increased access to the policymaking process for frontline communities.

To ensure equitable implementation of the ECAP Actions, the City’s Equity Facilitator team created the Racial Equity Impact Assessment and Implementation Guide, in consultation with the City’s Department of Race and Equity. This guide will help City staff to identify and prioritize frontline communities for all ECAP Actions and develop an equitable framework for inclusive community oversight throughout the Plan’s implementation.

https://www.oaklandca.gov/news/2020/oakland-furthers-its-climate-leadership-with-landmark-equity-based-plan-and-ambitious-targets

For additional information:
Shayna Hirshfield-Gold
ECAP Project Manager and Climate Group Supervisor
shirshfield-gold@oaklandca.gov

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