We are excited that tomorrow, Dec. 1, the Oakland City Council will consider adopting a New Building Electrification Ordinance. If you haven’t already done so, please let them know you support this effort to reduce Oakland’s greenhouse gas emissions and improve indoor health for residents.
: Oakland ECAP
Oakland’s City Council adopted the Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP) in July of this year after extensive community engagement; this ordinance is one of the first actions the City Council can take to implement this bold Plan. Oakland will join San Francisco, Berkeley and 39 other cities in the Bay Area and beyond by taking this important step towards reducing greenhouse gases, improving safety, spurring local jobs, and ensuring cleaner air.
We know that some opponents are gearing up to submit letters or speak on the item during public comment. We need to demonstrate that there is widespread support and that people care enough about the issue to make their voices heard.
Here are 3 things you can do to encourage the Council to take action:
- Write a letter – We’ve created a quick and easy-to-use automated form to write to your appropriate council member, including a sample script.
- Attend the Tuesday, December 1, 2020 City Council Meeting. Link to how to comment at the hearing is found here or see here and download the agenda from the city’s website. You may also download the legislation and the staff report here.
- Call your City Council member. Find the phone number and scripts at all-electric new buildings action
We will have a new electrifyoakland.org website up soon for more information about this ordinance and how to stay involved! Oakland’s goal is to electrify all buildings by 2040–that will take a lot of us pulling together to make it happen!
Our sponsoring Councilmembers believe that we need strong public support in order to overcome expected opposition.
Thank you for being on the team–let’s make this happen!
Jack Lucero Fleck and Yousef Al-Shomaimri
on behalf of the 350 Oakland Hub team and 350 East Bay