Oakland Climate Action Coalition
The Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC) is a collaboration of more than 30 organizations striving to ensure that frontline communities benefit from efforts to address climate change in Oakland, California. Founded in 2009, OCAC has advanced its social equity and climate justice goals by engaging community-based organizations and impacted residents in climate action, adaptation, and resilience planning in Oakland. The coalition partnered with the City of Oakland to develop Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP), which was adopted in December 2012. Aligning with the ECAP, the coalition is engaged in four areas of work: Adaptation & Resilience, Food Justice & Land Access, Renewable Energy, and Transportation & Land Use.
The OCAC Resilience and Adaptation Committee is co-chaired by the Pacific Institute and the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. The Committee focuses on integrating community adaptation priorities into ongoing local land use planning efforts underway in neighborhoods that stand to be hardest hit by climate change impacts in Oakland. The Committee also works on connecting Oakland residents to the resources and capacity they need to take individual and collective action to build their resiliency to local climate impacts, and to engage in adaptation decision-making to better prepare and protect their communities to weather these impacts.