Skip To Main Content
Oakland Unified School District

What We Do

OUSD’s Sustainability Department aims to provide all OUSD students, school staff and the community with solutions to promote District-wide sustainability – lessening greenhouse gas emissions throughout the District. The OUSD Sustainability Staff works to improve OUSD schools through our sustainability areas of focus: Energy Efficiency, Water Resilience, Waste Reduction, Green Infrastructure. The OUSD Sustainability Department is committed to promoting student engagement and learning opportunities in our work.

Our Goals

In October 2020, the Oakland Unified School District Board set the following goals: 

  1. 100% clean electricity by 2030
  2. Phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2040

OUSD has the enormous opportunity to define how our community of stakeholders will show up and take action against the daunting challenges caused or exacerbated by climate change. The declaration of a climate emergency represents a critical step in the district’s journey to begin addressing climate change in a serious, meaningful, and relevant way.

OUSD will adopt commitments to climate action to influence and inspire other organizations, school districts, and public agencies to prioritize climate action, while affording students genuine agency to help lead this work.

Policy Development Process

Sustainability Policy Plan Roadmap

The process for developing a sustainability policy consists of three (3) phases:

  1. Phase One - (Resolution) - Initiated in August;  First Read September 23, 2020; Board Approval October 28, 2020
  2. Phase Two - (Policy) - March 2021 through March 2022 (target Board meeting closest to Earth Day (4/22) for approval)
  3. Phase Three - (Plan) - April 2022 - April 2023

To learn more about the district's approach for the development of a sustainability policy and plan, read the Planning Approach Overview.

Sustainability Areas of Focus

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Waste Reduction

Waste Reduction

Water Resilience

Water Resilience

Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure