The students of Allendale's Tigers Roar Extended Day Program, worked really hard at Courland Creek to make the habitat a beter place for the animal and plant life that live there! The children worked really hard to beautify the community, and their hard work paid off! We collected over 15 large bags of trash and non native plants from the creek! Go Tigers!!
Oakland has a strong legacy of environmental leadership, and has been recognized as a top ten green U.S. city eight times in the last four years, including recently being ranked 4th among large U.S. cities by both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Mother Nature Network.
Top Twenty Places to Live – Oakland was named one of “The 20 Best Towns in America” by Outside Magazine in July 2008.
City Solar Award – Oakland was awarded a 2007 City Solar Award by NorCal Solar for having the most solar power-generating capacity installed among large cities in 10 counties around the Bay Area.
Storm Water Management Award – In October 2007, the City of Oakland's Watershed Improvement Program received a First Place National Storm Water Management Program Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA. Oakland received this award for its projects, policies and guidance documents aimed at protecting headwaters, promoting storm water infiltration, and protecting and restoring vegetated riparian corridors.
Phoenix Award – In 2004, The City of Oakland and East Bay Habitat for Humanity were awarded the prestigious Phoenix Award for their work to clean up and redevelop a brownfield site into a Habitat for Humanity housing development for four low-income families at the corner of Fruitvale Avenue and Davis Street.
4 Stars for Climate Protection – In 2001, Oakland was awarded 4 stars (out of 5) by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability for its efforts to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and local climate impacts.
Mayors Climate Protection Award – In June 2008, Mayor Dellums was one of only a handful of mayors to receive a 2008 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award Honorable Mention. Mayor Dellums accepted the award on behalf of the tremendous work being done by the city of Oakland at the 76th annual Conference of Mayors' meeting for Oakland’s innovative food scraps recycling program which will help curb global warming.