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
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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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.

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About every month

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2010-4-01

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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.

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

extraordinarily dedicated, intelligent, and friendly.

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About every six months

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2010-4-01

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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

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.

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About every six months

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2009-11-01

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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.

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.

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About every week

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2010-4-01

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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.

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...

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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