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
Professional with expertise in this field
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.