Economics and energy sustainability are key goals both for City government and for many Oakland residents. According to reports by the nonprofit SustainLane (website not working as of 11/12), Oakland ranked as one of the most sustainable cities in the country in 2007 1,2.
Check out the City's site describing its sustainability activities: http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/PWA/s/SO/index.htm
Here is a detailed description of the City's Energy and Climate Action Plan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_Oakland_Energy_and_Climate_Action_Plan
OW pages related to sustainability
- SustainLane 2007 city rankings: http://solar.calfinder.com/blog/news/top-ten-us-cities-for-solar-and-renewable-energy/
- More on SustainLane's methodology: http://grist.org/article/defining/