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EcoBlock Infographics

Appliances 101

Appliances 101: Know Your Heat Pumps Infographic
Appliances 101: Heat Pumps (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Induction Cooktops Infographic
Appliances 101: Induction Cooktops (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Efficient Washers Infographic
Appliances 101: Efficient Washers (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Efficient Dryers Infographic
Appliances 101: Efficient Dryers (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Efficient Refrigerators infographic
Appliances 101: Efficient Refrigerators (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Range Hoods infographic
Appliances 101: Range Hoods (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Dishwashers infographic
Appliances 101: Efficient Dishwashers (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Heat Pump Water Heaters Infographic
Appliances 101: Heat Pump Water Heaters (PDF)
Appliances 101: Know Your Smart Thermostats infographic
Appliances 101: Smart Thermostats (PDF)

Retrofits 101

Retrofits 101: Know Your Laundry-to-Landscape infographic
Retrofits 101: Laundry-to-Landscape (PDF)
Retrofits 101: Know Your Window Treatments infographic
Retrofits 101: Window Treatments (PDF)
Retrofits 101: Know Your Rain Gardens infographic
Retrofits 101: Rain Gardens (PDF)
Retrofits 101: Know Your Thermal Insulation Infographic
Retrofits 101: Thermal Insulation (PDF)
Retrofits 101: Know Your Street Trees Infographic
Retrofits 101: Street Trees (PDF)

Power Distribution 101

Power Distribution 101: Know Your Microgrids Infographic
Power Distribution 101: Microgrids (PDF)
Power Distribution 101: Know Your Utility Poles Infographic
Power Distribution 101: Utility Poles (PDF)
Power Distribution 101: Know your Smart Panels infographic
Power Distribution 101: Smart Panels (PDF)
Power Distribution 101 Infographic
Power Distribution 101: Smart Circuit Breakers (PDF)
Power Distribution 101: Know Your Solar PV
Power Distribution 101: Solar PV (PDF)
Power Distribution 101: Know Your Interval Meters Infographic
Power Distribution 101: Interval Meters (PDF)
Power Distribution 101: Know Your Solar Energy infographic
Power Distribution 101: Solar Energy (PDF)

Fixtures 101

Fixtures 101: Know Your Low-Flow Showerheads infographic
Fixtures 101: Low-Flow Showerheads (PDF)
Fixtures 101: Know Your Low-Flow Faucets infographic
Fixtures 101: Low-Flow Faucets (PDF)
Fixtures 101: Know Your Efficient Toilets infographic
Fixtures 101: Efficient Toilets (PDF)

Mobility and Water Distribution 101

Mobility 101: Know Your Electric Vehicles Infographic
Mobility 101: Electric Vehicles (PDF)
Water Distribution 101: Know Your Smart Water Meters infographic
Water Distribution 101: Smart Water Meters (PDF)

Redwood Energy provides a comprehensive guide on the benefits of and strategies for electrifying your home, including information on how to electrify on a tight budget, how to save money by avoiding electric service upgrades, case studies, and an extensive product guide. More guides from Redwood Energy.

The 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) was adopted by City Council in July 2020. The ECAP is the City’s 10-year plan for mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis in ways that improve racial equity across Oakland. 

The Resilient Oakland Playbook is a strategy document developed to help the City of Oakland tackle systemic and structural challenges. The playbook outlines ways the city can collaborate together in order to help its communities stay rooted, ensure equitable access to quality education, and develop good jobs, stable housing, and public safety. The EcoBlock project is part of Oakland’s plan to: (1) reduce current and future climate and seismic risks and (2) maximize the value of collective infrastructure investments.

EcoBlock Phase 1 Report

“Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities: The Oakland EcoBlock” CEC-500-2019-043, April 2019. Phase 1 Report (PDF)Appendices A-N (PDF)

Also available on the California Energy Commission (CEC) website.

von Meier, A. & Kammen, D. The EcoBlock Project and the ‘Own Use’ Exemption under Public Utilities Code Section 218 – A Way Forward for Privately Operated Microgrids.

Additional Reading

  • Fraker, Harrison. The Hidden Potential of Sustainable Neighborhoods: Lessons from Low-Carbon Communities. Island Press; 2013.
  • Brown, Nahas, and Wolfson. “Unlocking the Potential Eco-Makeover of Urban Residential Neighborhoods.” 2019. Download (PPT)
  • Ostfeld, von Meier, Whitmeyer, and Bariya. “EcoBlock: Grid Impacts, Scaling, and Resilience.” 2021.  View Report
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Enhancing Community Resilience through Social Capital and Social Connectedness: Stronger Together! . Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 2021. View Report
  • Dryden and Peffer. “Keeping the lights on: the Oakland EcoBlock community electrification and microgrid improves health, comfort and resilience in an urban neighborhood.” 2022. View Report
  • Langevin, Putra, Zhang, and Peffer. “Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency: A Case Study of the Oakland EcoBlock Final Project Report.” February 2023. View Report
  • Walker, Casquero-Modrego and Less. “Challenges and Opportunities for Home Decarbonization.” March 2023. View Report
  • Aczel and Peffer. “Advancing California’s microgrid communities through anticipatory energy resilience.” August 2023. View Report

Training Programs

EcoBlock is a participant in the Norcal Resilience Network’s Resilience Hubs Leadership Training Program.

Regional Energy Networks (RENs)​