Did you know that Oakland , CA has been ranked as one of the nation’s top ten “greenest cities”? Oakland has the country’s cleanest, freshest tap water; access to an abundance of fresh, locally-grown, organic food; and a hydrogen-powered public transit system. Growing food locally reduces waste and carbon emissions. Oakland already gets 17% of its energy from renewable sources, with plans to be both oil-independent and have zero waste by 2020. New building real estate developments in Oakland meet high green standards. When purchasing a home in Oakland you may also be interested in visiting the Green Building Division down at the City of Oakland Building Department to get some great cost effective “green” project ideas.
North America’s oldest wildlife refuge is in Oakland, established at Lake Merritt in 1869. The Pacific flyway has remained a sanctuary and stop-over for thousands of migratory birds.
Oakland is also a great place to own a dog. Imagine living in Piedmont Pines  (Montclair)  and being just steps from some of the best wooded trails in the East Bay. The city is sunny and walkable, with affordable veterinary care and several off-leash dog parks. The East Bay has plenty of woods as well, so you can take your dog hiking in a redwood forest.