Oakland is committed to becoming a more sustainable city. The Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) is working to move the City into decarbonizing buildings and transportation, strengthening the local economy, and empowering a community resilient against climate change all by the year 2030. The Sustainable Oakland Program oversees plan development, implementation, and tracking progress related to climate goals and targets, including its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and Carbon Neutrality goal.
One particularly important initiative Oakland has implemented and continues to refine is Material Consumption and Waste (MCW) efforts. This part of the program focuses on food and goods that are consumed, and when and how they are thrown away. Robust recycling and composting services are available citywide but products continue to end up in the landfill. The goal is to eliminate the disposal of organic materials to landfills and strengthen edible food recovery to feed the most food-insecure residents. The City envisions a thriving, low-carbon, local economy where residents can repair and reuse products easily and avoid unnecessary or redundant purchases. This is one of the United Nations’ main action steps for people around the world to take. It is something that everyone everywhere can do. REUSE is the number one main step in saving resources.
From zoo conversation, to park improvements projects, to the Golden Gate Audubon Society, to eco-education efforts, volunteers have an extremely wide array of choices when it comes to getting involved in environmentally sustainable endeavors in Oakland. Since there are so many to choose from, using the search tool provided by Volunteer Match will allow you to find the projects you have the most passion for. The Wildland Volunteer Network also has several dozen organizations you can browse when looking for your ideal eco-volunteer project. Besides volunteering, what is the most important way to get involved? Rescue, reuse, and recycle. Compost too!