Aerial view of Jack London Square including harbor with boats.

The Square By the Sea

Situated across the Bay from the Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Oakland’s Jack London Square is an entertaining district for tourists and residents alike. EcoBlock’s Amit Cohen explores the constant redevelopment of this historic waterfront as it navigates a long-standing, cross-bay rivalry.

Aerial view of an urban cityscape framing a central lake

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.

Woman planting small shrub while another woman polishes the earth.

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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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.

Schematic showing proposed West Oakland Bart redevelopment

Environmental Justice: The Past and Future in Oakland

Living in a clean and safe community with access to opportunities for employment, education, and transportation are key to promoting individual and community well-being—yet not all individuals have equal access to these resources. In this blog, EcoBlock communications assistant Anna Haefele discusses the concept of environmental justice within the context of Oakland, highlighting historical challenges and future opportunities to advance social equity and improve quality of life for communities.

Karl the Fog drifting through the Golden Gate Bridge

Bay Area Microclimates

San Francisco is famous for its microclimates, or local atmospheric conditions that differ from those in surrounding areas. In this blog, EcoBlock postdoctoral scholar Miriam Aczel discusses how the area’s landscape and topography lead to these microclimates—
and the Bay’s iconic feature, Karl the Fog.

Trucks leaving busy port

Environmentalism in Oakland

Place-based efforts play a key role in improving communities’ sustainability and resilience to climate change. EcoBlock intern Amit Cohen writes about Oakland’s environmental journey and highlights how community groups have driven progress on climate and public health issues in the City.

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Oakland Celebrates Earth Day

This April 22nd marks the 51st Earth Day since the first one in 1970. In honor of this year’s Earth Day—and Earth Month—here are some activities you and your family can do to celebrate our planet.