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Setting the Green Standard

Oakland has taken strides to improve sustainability and resilience within the city, implementing a variety of plans and programs in recent years (including the Oakland EcoBlock)! Yet it can be difficult to measure progress on climate change issues due to the complexity of these problems.

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Celebrating Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month honors the culture, history and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in the United States. The EcoBlock team joins our partners in celebrating the contributions of, and recognizing the challenges faced by, the AANHPI community.

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Design & Construction

Residential Microgrid Equipment: An Infographic

Microgrids are an intriguing way to create a cleaner, more energy secure future, but their complexity goes beyond solar panels. In fact, connecting a home to a microgrid requires several key pieces of equipment. Check out this infographic to learn more!

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EcoBlock Celebrates Earth Day

The EcoBlock team is delighted to celebrate Earth Day and Earth Month 2022! Join in the fun as EcoBlock’s Miriam Aczel shares ideas for celebrating Earth Day and honoring the environment in our community.

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Business & Finance

Event Recap: ‘Getting to Zero: Trends in the Built Environment’

The Oakland EcoBlock team recently participated in a panel discussion at the 2022 Diversity in Tech Symposium. EcoBlock’s Eunice Chung provides a recap of the discussion, which considered decarbonization in the built environment through the lenses of business, policy, and research.

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Goodbye Gas? The Benefits of Phasing Out Natural Gas in Homes

Electrification—the process of replacing fossil fuel technologies with ones that run on electricity—is making strides in California. In line with this aim, EcoBlock is phasing out natural gas on the block. Learn why moving towards all-electric is a win-win: it creates a healthier community and planet.

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EcoBlock Tree Guide: Decorating the Block

Picking a tree is a matchmaking game. Sherwood Design Engineers is gathering a list of the best tree options for the Oakland EcoBlock that have relatively low water usage, low isoprene emissions, and high resiliency in a changing climate. Learn more about Sherwood’s tree selection process for EcoBlock.