The U.S. EPA installs soil treatment system at the AMCO Chemical Superfund Site in Oakland. Photo by Julia Vassey

Oakland resident Queen Thurston was one of the first to show up at this weekend’s community event to celebrate the installation and start-up of a new groundwater and soil treatment system at the AMCO Chemical Superfund Site, located one block south of the West Oakland BART station. In the 1990s, Thurston was among a group…

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Judges announce awards at Solar Hackathon '13.

Amid the clacking of keys and the slurping of Red Bull energy drinks, about 30 computer hackers recently gathered in Oakland. Their goal: to make solar energy easier, cheaper and more fun to use. The hackers –- mostly web developers, engineers and solar energy entrepreneurs –- descended last weekend on the sprawling 12,000-square-foot headquarters of…

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Extremely tall pink bikes, decorated beach cruisers, twin bikes and even a Scandinavian model took over the streets of Old Oakland Wednesday evening and clustered at the Happy Hour Bike Party as Oaklanders celebrated the end of the 20th East Bay Bike to Work Day, organized by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC). “With Bike…

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One of the City of Oakland’s goals is to become a model green city, according to its sustainability program. For the past year and a half, the city has been hashing out an Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP) to identify and prioritize what it can do to lower Oakland’s greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy use.

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Oakland is a port city. That means commerce, trucks, trains and boats. It also means dredging. Because the channels and ports need to be deep for boats to be able to get in and out, 3 to 6 million cubic yards of sediment have to be dredged every year in the San Francisco Bay. But while dredging is necessary for trade, it also poses a risk for animals that live in the bay

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