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.
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.
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.
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!
Event Recap: The Oakland EcoBlock – A Neighborhood-Scale Approach to Water Conservation and Resilience
The Oakland EcoBlock team breaks down the water conservation and resilience strategies that will be deployed as part of the pilot research project at the 2023 Water Conservation Showcase.
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.
Event Recap: Positive Tipping Points to Avoid Climate Tipping Points – 2023 BEST Center Annual Institute
Professor Tim Lenton gave a webinar at the BEST Center’s 2023 Annual Institute on climate tipping points and the crucial role of “positive social tipping points” to avoid climate catastrophe.
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.
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.
Cambodia has one of the lowest electrification rates in Southeast Asia, with a large difference in energy access between city and rural residents. EcoBlock Postdoctoral Scholar Dr. Miriam Aczel looks at one creative solution utilizing smart community microgrids that could be a model for bringing power to Cambodia’s under-resourced areas.