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Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)
Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD)

City Places in Top 10 in Nationwide Energy Competition  

Congratulations Berkeley! The City is a top 10 finalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, which brought together 50 communities in a two-year competition to rethink the way America’s small- to medium-sized towns, cities, and counties use energy.  

During the competition Berkeley residents, together with the City and School District, reduced energy use and 10,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, about the equivalent of taking 2141 cars off the road for a year.  Berkeley was recognized for its innovative projects and programs including BESO, the West Berkeley ZNE Library, and a LED streetlight conversion that reduces energy and saves the City nearly $400,000 every year. 

Office of Energy & Sustainable Development (OESD) Earns Recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 

Summer 2017 - OESD received a Certificate of Excellence from the U.S. DOE for its efforts to launch and implement the Berkeley Energy Savings Ordinance, which requires Berkeley building owners to complete energy efficiency opportunity assessments and publicly report the building’s energy efficiency information. BESO helps building owners identify energy and money-saving opportunities as well as informs prospective building buyers of the relative energy efficiency of the building. 

 Be the Action in the Climate Action Plan: Join the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition 

The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition works to accelerate implementation of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan. Your leadership and expertise can more fully turn this plan into action.  

Join the Coalition and a working group! The Coalition has five active working groups, each focused on carrying out at least one action from the Climate Action Plan within a year. The working groups are:

  • Land Use and Urban Gardening 
  • Water 
  • Community Choice Energy 
  • Walking, Cycling and Public Transportation 
  • Schools & Youth

 Get involved! Join one of the working groups of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition.  


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