Ecocity Builders

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Water

Location: 339 15th Street Suite 208 Oakland CA 94612 USA

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This is an environmental non profit that truly embodies

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The creek restoration project; newsletters, presentations; neighborhood projects

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more money

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the consistent quality of their newsletter; the long range commitment and persistence

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional staff, committed volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

come up with life saving ideas for cities to survive without destroying the biosphere

Ways to make it better...

I had become involved sooner

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not enough people paying attention to them

One thing I'd also say is that...

they have been at this for years and years

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

International fora and organisation of International EcoCity Conferences. Bringing speakers to Australia from EcoCity Builders

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The depth of knowledge and willingness to share

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Founder and senior administration and volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a piece of ecological city which would be economically fair and in balance with nature.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extraordinarily dedicated, intelligent, and friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

like a family. Everyone has the same goals and motivation and because the organization is small, you get to know everyone on a personal level.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

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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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop 30 million successful, sustainable communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own work to advance sustainability at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)and in the raised awareness that the City of Vancouver planning department has about ecocities and why this approach is important.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the knowledgeable AND humble staff. Too often internatioal acclaim can lead to a certain arrogance but not here. The folks at Ecocity Builders are 100% committed to the work and produce results.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well, like I already said: terrific.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and alliviate pressure on ecosystems by facilitating the adaptive restructuring of cities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing that this very important work is being done.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world!

Ways to make it better...

More people and funding supported this group.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help finance a Ecocity demonstration project in an urban village what would be not only carbon neutral, but gentrification neutral.

Ways to make it better...

I had been paid more. They have great ideas, little money and many professionals who donate time pro bono to keep the ecocity vision alive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I was fortunate to bring in professionals with real world experience to talk to my students, inspire them, and (I think) motivate some of them to both volunteer work in ecocities as well as careers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

more forcefully drive a truly common sense (and economically viable) type of urban development. Ecocity Builders ideas not only will make peoples lives better, but it should be able to generate jobs and a stronger social structure for communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

An academic setting- with an overview, examples, issues, solutions and future projects.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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