Green-Collar Jobs

Does your city have a climate action plan? We all need to do our part if we are to stand a chance against climate change and global warming.

A couple years ago, Oakland, California did not have a climate action plan but now we have one of the boldest and most equitable plans in the country. Our plan was developed with unprecedented community participation. How did we help make that happen? Check our climate action toolkit to find out.

This toolkit is a resource for community members, organizations, and policymakers to create a Climate Action Plan for your city. Our Toolkit celebrates the Oakland Climate Action Coalition’s success in leading the passage of Oakland’s Energy and Climate Action Plan. 

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For the past 3 years, we’ve pushed California to invest in people who are most vulnerable to climate catastrophe. Now we are close to victory.

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Communities United empowers California’s new majority- people of color- to shape the future of health, jobs and the environment. Our statewide coalition puts the people most impacted by poverty and pollution at the root of our solutions and at the heart of our movement.  

We use a dynamic mix of electoral organizing, base building, and community engagement with low-income people and people of color. Together, we are shaping an equitable and thriving future for California.

Who are we?

Communities United is led by an Executive Committee of 5 organizations:

Communities United Against the Dirty Energy Prop

Communities United began as Communities United Against the Dirty Energy Prop. In 2010 communities of color claimed their space as the majority of California by defeating Prop 23, the dirty energy proposition. 


How did we defeat the Dirty Energy Prop?

Here are just a few of the key ingredients in our recipe for kicking Prop 23's butt:

  • We built an historic statewide coalition: More than 130 community-based organizations and leaders throughout California, with deep roots in communities of color.
  • We mobilized hundreds of thousands of voters:  We reached over 2 million people. We conducted one-on-one conversations with more than 250,000 voters through door-knocking and phone calling and we had a massive GOTV operation.
  • We sent tons of direct mail: We sent direct mail to more than 280,000 households of voters of color throughout the state, in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • We blanketed the airwaves: In the last 8 days of the campaign, we placed nearly 1,000 radio ads on Spanish language channels. The ads featured the trusted voices of human rights legend Dolores Huerta and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
  • We reached out to every ethinic media outlet in the state.
  • We held mass rallies and protests: Coalition members held several high profile rallies and protests at oil refineries and gas stations throughout the state: Wilmington, San Diego, Riverside, Fresno, and Oakland.
  • We went on a hip hop tour: Communities United inspired a statewide, solar-powered hip hop tour -- the Clean Energy Tour -- which reached hundreds of thousands of student voters.
  • We had legendary co-chairs: Human rights heroes Van Jones, Dolores Huerta, and Pam Tau Lee stepped up as endorsers and "co-chairs" of Communities United.
  • We inspired many hilarious and creative videos: See the Communities United YouTube channel.

Oakland needs more jobs.
Our community needs more solar power.
Oakland Solar Mosaic accomplishes both.

Oakland Solar Mosaic brings clean energy to communities in Oakland with an innovative twist: crowdfunding of local solar projects. The project allows people to come together to fund solar panels on our community buildings.

Will you join us by investing in a local solar project? Invest today and your investment will be matched- dollar for dollar.

With your help, Oakland Solar Mosaic has:Photo courtesy of Martijn Mollet-Molletphoto / Grid Alternatives

  • Created 110kW of community solar power
  • Generated 2,540 job hours
  • Prevented up to 2.6 million pounds of coal from burning
  • Saved vital community organizations more than $500,000 over the next 20 years
  • Piloted a model for investing in community solar that will be replicated nationally

So far Oakland Solar Mosaic has brought people-powered solar to:

The Asian Resource Center (ARC) in Oakland's Chinatown was the first organization to receive a crowdfunded solar installation through Oakland Solar Mosaic. Over 130 community members came together to invest in the 28.8kW project, saving ARC over $100,000 that they can then put back into their affordable housing work. 

The People's Grocery in West Oakland was the second organization to benefit from Oakland Solar Mosaic, with 70 community members investing in the solar project to save People's Grocery over $30,000.

St. Vincent de Paul, a job training and basic services provider in Downtown Oakland, is the newest organization to join Oakland Solar Mosaic. Join Oakland Solar Mosaic by investing in St. Vincent today!

We envision the model expanding far beyond the first four rooftops. By putting the power to finance clean energy in the hands of the community, we hope to see solar on hundreds of rooftops across Oakland, and hundreds of cities across the nation (Cleveland Solar Mosaic, Flagstaff Solar Mosaic, Portland Solar Mosaic, Detroit Solar Mosaic, Atlanta Solar Mosaic...)




The Green Collar Jobs Campaign builds a thriving, green economy that puts the planet and people first. We believe that our economy will be strongest when it can both restore the planet and create opportunity and prosperity for all.

Too often we are told that we must choose between jobs and the environment. This is a false choice. An economy that promotes the health of the planet as well as all workers is better for everyone.  

Our Work

In the city of Oakland and throughout California we counter the problems of pollution and poverty with a three-part strategy for change:

  • Policies- We craft -- and win -- cutting edge public policy solutions.
  • Partnerships- We build vibrant, cross-sector coalitions that include leaders from unions, green businesses, environmental organizations, social justice groups, and education and training institutions.
  • People- We put the people most impacted by poverty and pollution at the root of our solutions and at the heart of our movement.

Campaign History

The Green Collar Jobs Campaign has piloted innovative programs, won State and local policies, and built effective coalitions. Since our campaign launched in 2006, we’ve:


For Immediate Release: 10/7/2011 Contact: Meredith Fenton Director of Communications, Ella Baker Center (510) 533-3482 Lisa Curtis Communications Manager, Solar Mosaic (510) 872-9269 Solar Project Saves Vital Community Center over $100,000 and...
For Immediate Release: 9/8/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 Vulnerable communities stand to directly gain from this investment through new jobs, needed home improvements, and energy savings (Oakland,CA)- The Ella Baker Center for...
We've heard it before -- "the green economy is here" and "green jobs are on the way!" At the Ella Baker Center, we put time, energy, and money into building training programs and promoting the idea of the "new," green economy. Just a few years later, the economy...
For Immediate Release: 9/1/2011 Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis Media Relations Manager (510) 428-3939 x232 * New video released today showcases a new model of solar development being pioneered in Oakland. Asian Resource Center Begins Crowdfunding Campaign for Solar ( More on...
SAN FRANCISCO.— Una encuesta realizada a residentes de California refleja poca sensibilidad de la comunidad anglosajona en temas como el calentamiento climático o la contaminación del aire. El ejemplo más evidente de esta despreocupación fue la respuesta a la pregunta: "¿Está...