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
I recently sat through a lecture that Kirstin Miller gave at UC Berkeley, for an environmental health course. This lecture gave an overview of what Ecocity Builders do in the local area, as well as relating the subject to the topic of our course. Kirstin gave examples of local projects that had been done, such as Strawberry creek, and gave us an inside look to the Center St. project. This lecture inspired me to become more aware of ecocities as a whole as well as interested in the organization as a whole. Great progression guys!