Ecocity Builders

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews


339 15th Street Suite 208 Oakland CA 94612 USA


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


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


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  

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.

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

develop 30 million successful, sustainable communities.

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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!

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.

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About every month

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