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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)

Sustainability News:

Recharge Your Lunch: National Drive Electric Week Event 
Saturday, September 9, 2017
11am - 3pm
Civic Center Parking Lot
1980 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
(Between Allston Way and Center St, adjacent to the Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market)

Stop paying for gas.  Start saving with an electric vehicle! 

Reduce your driving costs and your carbon footprint! 


New to electric vehicles? EV retailers and owners will be on-hand to answer questions. Learn about discounts on EVs through SunShares, and federal, state and utility rebates and credits.  Test drive popular EV models like Nissan LEAF, Chevy Bolt, Ford C-MAX, and more. 


Already own an EV?  Register to showcase your vehicle and share your EV experience. To display your vehicle or offer rides, you must register in advance. Please visit:


Grab lunch at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers' Market. 


Co-hosted by the Ecology Center, Berkeley Climate Action Coalition, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, 350 Bay Area, League of Women Voters, and the cities of Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Oakland. 



Energy Upgrade California Workshop  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 

6pm - 8pm 

Albany Community Center 

1249 Marin Ave, Albany 94706 


Join the Cities of Berkeley, Albany and El Cerrito, in coordination with StopWaste, for this Energy Upgrade Workshop.  The workshop will offer information to residents on current rebates and opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient. Light refreshments. 

Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD) Earns Recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 

Summer 2017 - OESD received a Certificate of Excellence from the U.S. DOE for its efforts to launch and implement the Berkeley Energy Savings Ordinance, which requires Berkeley building owners to complete energy efficiency opportunity assessments and publicly report the building’s energy efficiency information. BESO helps building owners identify energy and money-saving opportunities as well as informs prospective building buyers of the relative energy efficiency of the building.

The Rockefeller Foundation Names Berkeley as an Inaugural City of the 100 Resilient Cities Network

The Rockefeller Foundation announced that Berkeley was selected as an inaugural member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Berkeley was one of nearly 400 cities across six continents to apply for The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, and one of only 33 cities to be selected.  

The Rockefeller Foundation defines resilience as "the ability of a community to withstand shocks while still maintaining its essential functions and to recover quickly and effectively." 100 Resilient Cities enables cities around the world to develop and implement resilience plans, provides city leaders a forum to share and learn from others' experiences, and connects them with suppliers, thinkers, and stakeholders who can help them improve their city's resilience. 

For more information, see:  

Be the Action in the Climate Action Plan: Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition 

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition works to accelerate implementation of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. Your leadership and expertise can more fully turn this plan into action.  

Join the Coalition and a working group! The Coalition has six active working groups, each focused on carrying out at least one action from the Climate Action Plan within a year. The working groups are:

  • Land Use and Urban Gardening 
  • Water 
  • Community Choice Energy 
  • Walking, Cycling and Public Transportation 

 Get involved! Join one of the working groups of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.  


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