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Ecocity Builders

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Environmental Beautification

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

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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!