Tackling mobile sources of air pollution at the Port of Oakland and beyond
West Oakland has been the engine of Oakland’s economy since its beginnings as an industrialized city, beginning with the railyards in the 1800s and continuing today as the Port of Oakland has grown into the fifth busiest container port in the country. But while goods flow into West Oakland, get loaded onto trucks and rail cars, and distributed to the city and county and throughout Northern California, the neighborhood is left to deal with the excessive pollution produced by these freight activities in their own backyard.
The Port is one of the largest sources of air pollution in West Oakland
Explore the port and freight strategies
Today, Owning Our Air contains 37 strategies addressing port and freight solutions, with a particular focus on targeting mobile sources like cargo handling, building an electrical infrastructure, and truck management. The plan also identifies several enforcement strategies and at least one area requiring further study.
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Owning Our Air is overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of West Oakland residents, businesses, air quality experts, and government representatives.
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