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  

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.

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.

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