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
This group has been a leader for more than 3 decades in trying to redesign the main habitat for humanity, the cities where most of the world lives, to be resource conserving and less harmful to the rest of the planet. With little money, they have also implemented important models in their home town of Berkeley. A wonderful example of practicing locally what they preach globally.