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  

5 people found this review helpful

This is an environmental non profit that truly embodies

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

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