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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Environmental Beautification

Mission: Ecocity Builders is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reshaping cities for the long-term health of human and natural systems. We develop and implement policy, design and educational tools and strategies to: Build thriving urban centers based on “access by proximity,” and reverse patterns of sprawl and excessive consumption Shift policies to prioritize walking, bicycling, and transit and to reduce dependence on automobiles Restore biodiversity in the heart of our cities, in the form of creeks, gardens, parks, farms and greenways

Results: Milvia “Slow Street”, Berkeley; Cordornices Creek daylighting project, Berkeley: Berkeley solar greenhouse ordinance; Amtrak Capital Corridor line; Urban Creek Stenciling Project - leads to “Drains to Bay”; The Gaia Building design, downtown Berkeley; the International Ecocity Conference Series; Ecocity Mapping; Double Transfer of Development Rights, Village Bottoms Cultural District Outline Plan, the book "Ecocities, Rebuilding Cities in Balance with Nature" (this is a sampling of results to date)

Target demographics: Local: West Oakland - low-income residents, mostly African American. Berkeley - general public. Canada: Vancouver region. International: broad outreach through our International Ecocity Standards Project

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds if not thousands who enjoy these urban amenities and improvements to the built environment we have initiated and built to date.

Geographic areas served: SF Bay Area and International

Programs: Ecocity Design and Planning Charrettes; International Ecocity Standards Project; Books, Articles and Illustrations; Speakers’ Bureau; International Ecocity Conference Series; Ecocity Demonstration Projects; Consulting Services

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an environmental non profit that truly embodies

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

EcoCity Builders is one of the most inspiring organisations world wide. It has the theory and and the practical skills to convert our sprawling cities into ecological cities. It's outreach includes under-developed and over-developed countries. If we continue to make cities in the same old way and do not make our cities in balance with nature, then the current climate change will send humans the way of the dinosaurs. EcoCity Builders does more than any other NGO world wide to educate people for the future. My involvement goes back to 1990.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Ecocity Builders since 1990 when I attended the First International Ecocity Conference convened by Richard Register. He is a visionary who sees hundreds of years into the future and, at the same time, delights in the smallest detail of a crimson autumn leaf or sparkling green dragonfly in the here and now. It is increasingly urgent that we change the way we live on the planet. Ecocity Builders is demonstrating how we can work in partnership with nature to build beautiful, livable human settlements that nurture our souls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with EcoCity Builders after taking a UC Berkeley Extension class taught by Kirstin Miller who is the ED of EcoCity. I was instantly hooked and was glad for opportunities to do more. The important thing about EcoCity as a non-profit is that they are not just a

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Client Served

Rating: 5

West Coast Green has worked to spread information about green building to tens of thousands of people and our partnership with Ecocity Builders brought us to a new level. Together, we fermented intimate, trusting relationships with community leaders and brought them together with experts to plan for the future realization of their community's goals. Ecocity Builders have an eye for what's most important and a well developed muscle for generating solutions. Whether they are in the boardroom negotiating or in an abandoned urban plot... they are always moving aside what doesn't work and moving toward solutions that get things done right the first time... for the sake of the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ecocity Builders were fantastic to work with. They managed the entire charrette process with professional attention to detail and a great can-do spirit. Their team was knowledgeable and inspiring to work with, and the charrette deliverables including a final report and resource book were put together in a readable fashion such that everyone from our President through to our students wanted to read it. Now we are implementing, and their willingness to stay engaged and answer questions is appreciated. Thanks Ecocity Builders!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people doing Great work! I am very proud to be involved! I look forward to helping creat exciting events for them and helping to raise money for future work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past four years, I have been able to see Ecocity Builders grow from the living room of an apartment to a downtown office complex. I began working on a project to map relative vitality in Oakland as part of a course assignment. This project eventually received funding and some of the policy recommendations are being considered by the Mayor. More importantly, partners in West Oakland are actively implementing ways to improve the vitality near the BART and historic Central Station. The Executive Director and President have a great deal of energy and have been promoting Ecocities for over 20 years.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I want to thank Kirstin Miller for speaking to my Environmental Issues class (ESPM 10) at Cal on April 1, 2010. The 150 students are learning about urban environments and consumerism, and their environmental impacts. Kirstin gave a truly excellent and exciting talk on how urban to rethink urban environments, providing excellent local examples and case studies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I recently sat through a lecture that Kirstin Miller gave at UC Berkeley, for an environmental health course. This lecture gave an overview of what Ecocity Builders do in the local area, as well as relating the subject to the topic of our course. Kirstin gave examples of local projects that had been done, such as Strawberry creek, and gave us an inside look to the Center St. project. This lecture inspired me to become more aware of ecocities as a whole as well as interested in the organization as a whole. Great progression guys!