Building a world of
resilient communities.

MAIN LIST

 

Oakland aims to be oil independent by 2020

On Tuesday, October 17, 2006, the Oakland City Council unanimously passed legislation, sponsored by Councilmember Nancy Nadel, making Oakland the first city in the U.S. to aim for oil independence by 2020.

Inspired by Sweden, which earlier this year released a landmark national action plan that articulates programs and policy measures that are expected to reduce oil consumption in Sweden by as much as 40-50% by 2020, the City of Oakland hopes to provide a similar model for cities in the U.S. - which is facing an absence of state and federal leadership on sustainable energy policy.

Reporting within six months of formation, an Oakland task force composed of local, regional, and national experts will develop a robust oil independence plan, consolidating measures from around the world that can be used locally to reduce oil consumption citywide. This action plan will recommend bold initiatives to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, establish Oakland as a national leader in the green economy and green jobs creation, and seek to secure Oakland's energy needs.

Councilmember Nadel notes, "Oakland can be at the cutting edge of sustainable thinking if we create a plan that not only improves the environment but also spurs new green jobs and business opportunities."

Policy makers note that cities are not only becoming the dominant global institutions of our society but increasingly the models and laboratories for change in the US, driving policy in other municipalities as well as at the state level. Examples from the Bay Area include Oakland's hydrogen fueling station, Berkeley's innovative commercial and residential efficiency programs, construction and demolition ordinances, biodiesel initiatives and San Francisco's tidal power project.

Increasingly cities are coming together to influence state and national policy as seen in the local-level initiatives that have been spearheaded through, for example, San Francisco's Urban Environmental Accords that has 100 Mayors from around the world signed on, and the city of Seattle's U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement. As of today, Mayors in 319 cities that represent 51.4 million people have signed the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement and committed their communities to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals of the Kyoto Protocol (7% reduction from 1990 levels by 2012). Councilmember Nadel's initiative is another important landmark that could become a local turning point in a global issue.

Sustainability organizations such as SustainLane.com have ranked Oakland in the top 6 most sustainable cities in the U.S.

Oakland Resolution text [PDF]

Editorial Notes: Submitted by David Room of Energy Preparedness, "a consultancy firm with a focus on aiding municipal and commercial response to our energy predicament." -BA

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

Sign up for regular Resilience bulletins direct to your email.

Take action!  

Find out more about Community Resilience. See our COMMUNITIES page
Start your own projects. See our RESOURCES page.
Help build resilience. DONATE NOW.

 

This is a community site and the discussion is moderated. The rules in brief: no personal abuse and no climate denial. Complete Guidelines.


Resilience Roundup - Mar 27

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our …

Towards the Permacene

We can take the next step in our evolution, a step towards the Permacene.

Announcing AFTERBURN: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels

Afterburn is a book of “greatest hits”, similar in that respect …

NERT-ing Out with the New England Resilience & Transition Network

On Saturday, March 21, fifty organizers and activists from all six New …

A Day in the Life of America’s Most Walkable Suburb

Suburban life has always been synonymous with long hours in the car-- going …

Planet of the Space Bats

As my regular readers know, I’ve been talking for quite a while now …

This Changes Everything. So Now What?

Missing from the conversation are ideas that are both practical and radical.