Residential rooftop with solar photovoltaic panels.

The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Home Decarbonization

Decarbonizing the U.S. housing sector, while crucial for combatting climate change, faces challenges of market scalability and affordability. A recent report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory identifies key challenges to advancing residential decarbonization and explains how solutions—such as the Oakland EcoBlock project—offer opportunities for a clean energy future.

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California’s Growing Solar and Wind Problem

Here in California, we are working to be world leaders in the fight against climate change. State law requires that by 2030, 60% of electricity be supplied by renewable energy, and by 2045, 100% of electricity be from carbon-free or renewable energy sources. To reach these goals, we will need to build and use more renewable energy, primarily solar and wind generation.

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A Colorful Housing Collaborative

There are an estimated 700 unhoused, “transition-aged youth” between the ages of 18–24 who live in Alameda County. Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is a Berkeley-based non-profit organization that has taken groundbreaking steps to help these individuals as they enter adulthood.

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Urban Planning & Process

Smooth Sailing Across the Bay

While they may not be as fast or convenient as BART or the Bay Bridge, ferries are a key part of the Bay Area’s public infrastructure. EcoBlock’s Amit Cohen explores the history of this maritime mode of transportation.

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Minimizing Food Waste: Summer Recipes to Savor and Save

With summer well underway, bringing with it a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables in season, read on for some recipes to reduce food waste—including crunchy veggie chips, leftover fruit crumble, Persian tahdig, and more!

The California Hotel

Welcome to the California Hotel

While neighborhoods are not static, maintaining an area’s historical and cultural character can help create a sense of place. Such is the case with the California Hotel in West Oakland–recent renovations have maintained the building’s historic exterior while giving it a new role in its community.

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Rooted in Oakland

Clothing is a way for many to express their identity, whether that be a cultural influence, favorite sports team, or lifestyle choice. Oaklandish, the Oakland-based clothing brand, has become a way for residents and visitors to represent their connection to the city.

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2022: EcoBlock in Review

The EcoBlock team reflects on key project milestones from the past year and enters 2023 with renewed hope and optimism. As we prepare for construction, we are energized by the progress our team has made—and this wouldn’t have happened without the EcoBlock residents, who have dedicated their time and effort to this ambitious endeavor.