The City of Oakland has worked diligently with all members of the community for more than three years to develop its Model City vision. Looking forward to a greener future with its new vision, Oakland has implemented a comprehensive plan to position itself as a leader in the sustainable green and economic movement.
The city is moving toward this goal with initiatives such as developing a green jobs corps to train Oakland residents for employment in the new green economy. Designed and supported by the Ella Baker Center and the Oakland Apollo Alliance (among others), the Oakland Green Jobs Corps is a job-training and employment pipeline providing "green pathways out of poverty" for low-income adults in Oakland. This groundbreaking program prepares trainees for careers in the Bay Area's most vibrant green industries, including energy efficiency, green construction and solar.
Education and training emphasizes solar installation, energy efficiency in buildings, green construction, and an introduction to the principles of ecology, environmental sustainability, and environmental justice.