We’re driving accountability at the Port of Oakland.

Engulfing West Oakland’s border, the Port of Oakland is the largest source of cancer risk-weighted toxics in West Oakland. The Sustainable Port Collaborative is an integral partnership that builds bridges with the Port of Oakland, advances Port electrification projects, and increases accountability for our marine neighbor.

Aerial view of the Port of Oakland surrounding the West Oakland neighborhood (image © Port of Oakland).
Image © Port of Oakland

Based on WOEIP’s collaborative problem-solving model, the Sustainable Port Collaborative brings together a diverse — and sometimes conflicting — group of stakeholders to accelerate the Port of Oakland’s transition to zero-emissions. By creating a forum for West Oakland community members to work directly with health and climate NGOs, state and federal agencies, industry and academia, and the Port of Oakland itself, we’re moving the Port toward more environmentally responsible operations.

Our collaborative approach has already made an unprecedented impact

  • Our work has resulted in the formation of the Port Commission’s first-ever Port Environmental Subcommittee, bringing a more consistent Environmental Justice lens into the Port’s work.

  • Our advocacy has lead to updates to the Port’s Environmental Ordinance, including measures for transitioning to a zero-emission facility.

  • The Collaborative has helped secure funding for electrification infrastructure to reduce diesel emissions in the neighborhood.

  • In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the Collaborative and the Port have co-authored a grant proposal to study the effects and remedies of sea level rise in West Oakland, with the intent to shift the direction of the Port’s Maritime Strategic Plan from continuous growth to sustainable, emission-free commerce.

Want to know more?

For project details or to get involved, email Nicole Merino Tsui.

Collaborative partners include:

Sustainable Port Collaborative partner logos include: Earthjustice, EDF, Union of oncerned Scientists, Pacific Environment, East Bay Community Energy, Sierra Club, BAAQMD, UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Public Policy, Forum Energy Partners

This project is made possible with funding from:

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