The African American Development Association (AADA), and the City of Oakland's Office of Emergency Services received collaborative grants from the United State's Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Justice Small Grant's program.
Oakland is expanding its neighborhood training program, Citizens of Oakland Respond to Emergencies (CORE), to include a hazardous materials and community right-to-know component. The CORE project, in collaboration with AADA aims to foster greater understanding and a spirit of cooperation between government, local community based organizations, environmental advocates and the local citizenry.
AADA identified where hazardous materials are stored or transported in a mixed land-use area in West Oakland and therefore a need existed for community training and education. This project included a geographical assessment of current land uses, and GIS mapping of West Oakland. Clearwater Revival Company is providing technical assistance to the AADA during completion of the Defensible Space Assessment.