An Inspiring Tour of Sustainable Architecture the East Bay
Explore some of the area’s most sustainable architecture where we’ll highlight exceptional green buildings which serve as exciting new models for the future. Meet inspired local leaders and tour a variety of types of structures—office buildings, family homes, and retailers that produce and sell alternative building and materials. Since buildings account for a large percentage of carbon emissions resulting in climate change, this tour highlights information about features that can dramatically lower their ecological footprint.
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David Brower Center
The David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza contain a vibrant headquarters for the local environmental community, a sprawl-fighting repair of downtown, homes encouraging both sustainable development and social equity. Finally, the McGee Salvage House provides an exemplary story of materials reused through a beautiful and creative home.
Berkeley Community College
Berkeley City College (BCC), formerly Vista Community College, is one of the California Community Colleges and is part of the Peralta Community College District. It is centrally located in downtown Berkeley, two blocks west of the UC Berkeley campus. Berkeley Community College earned a LEEDÂ® Silver certification rating from the U.S. Green Building Council and is the first building in the City of Berkeley to achieve LEED Silver status. It is also the first California Community College single-building campus constructed on an urban infill site.
The goal for the design of Gather was to bring natural elements together to create a warm and inviting atmosphere while maintaining some of the underlying character of the functional space. Gather brings a sophisticated and thoughtful dimension to the Berkeley dining scene. They serve seasonal foods, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. The restaurant was crafted with reclaimed wood and natural materials.
YMCA Teen Center
The YMCA-PG&E Teen Center provides programs and services that teens want and need. With a focus on academic achievement, career preparation, service learning and leadership development, the Teen Center aims to empower high school age youth to develop the life skills and competencies necessary to becoming responsible community members.
Freight and Salvage
The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of traditional and roots music. They have recently moved into their new space and have focused on reusing the materials from the site and maintain a green building.
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Leger Wanaselja Architecture continues its pursuit of salvage and reuse in this Berkeley residence. Over 100 salvaged roofs cover the upper walls of this house. The roofs were sawed out of grey cars left for parts in local junk yards. The lower walls are clad in poplar bark, a waste product from the furniture industry of North Carolina, The awnings are fabricated from junked Dodge Caravan side windows. The unique curves make the house appear small however, it is big on the inside with high ceilings, wide open spaces, and big windows and doors to the garden.
Eco Home Improvement
This locally owned and operated store works with their customers to make eco friendly and healthy homes. They have a wide variety of products from paints to cabinets, countertops and floorings.