We’re putting the power of shoreline planning into the hands of the people. As sea levels rise and climate change continues its march, West Oakland’s communities face imminent risk from flooding, toxic and hazardous waste, and other issues affecting the Oakland shoreline.

This summer, WOEIP will launch the first ever Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy to ensure local residents have a voice in shoreline planning.

Stay tuned for the inaugural cohort

We’re so excited to welcome the inaugural cohort of the Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy.

We’ll be sharing their work in the weeks to come!

On the front line of the climate crisis

Sea-level rise and flooding can bring toxins into vulnerable neighborhoods, lead to increased illness, and can even displace whole communities living along Oakland’s shoreline. As the site of several major development projects, including Brooklyn Basin and the Oakland A’s Stadium, Oakland’s shoreline is at the heart of economic development that comes with significant environmental and social impacts on residents.

Oakland communities, especially those already living with the impacts of economic marginalization, need to be centered in these issues and engaged in creating the solutions. The OSLA puts shoreline planning in the hands of the people.

1857 color illustrated map of Oakland, titled San Antonio Creek
Volunteer Cassandra Martin trains a senior neighbor about air quality as they pour over several notebooks.

Community-rooted curriculum

The Oakland Shoreline Leadership Academy will train an initial cohort of 18 change-makers across generations, from communities living on or near the Oakland shoreline. Over the course of one Saturday a month for six months, we’ll train academy leaders on the following:

  • Understanding the shoreline
  • Sea level rise and shoreline toxins
  • Habitat restoration and public access
  • Economic development along the shoreline
  • Green infrastructure and natural solutions
  • Environmental communications and fundraising

Cohort members will engage in asset mapping, develop a community engagement plan, and co-develop shoreline improvement projects.