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Ecocity Builders

  • Oakland, CA
  • http://www.ecocitybuilders.org

Mission Statement

Ecocity Builders is 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

Main Programs

  1. Education and Outreach/Publications
  2. International Ecocity Standards Project
  3. Green Infrastructure
  4. Ecocity Mapping and Community Planning
  5. Living City Project
Service Areas

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International

Locally, we serve Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Regionally we have worked for the Bay Area Air Quality District. 
 
Internationally, we are the keepers of the International Ecocity Conference Series— held in Berkeley, Australia, Senegal, Brazil, China, India, San Francisco, Turkey and Canada. We've advised in Canada, China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Senegal, South Africa, nine countries in Europe, Korea, and Australia.

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 2005

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Kirstin Miller

Keywords

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ecocity, ecology, planning, design, sustainable, development, conferences, consulting

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EIN

68-0285073

 Number

4357385845

Physical Address

339 15th Street Suite 208

Oakland, CA 94612

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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• Our founder, Richard Register, defined and developed the term ‘ecocity’ over 30 years ago—long before ‘green building’ and ‘sustainability’ was even in the vocabulary.

 

• We have been the keepers of the longest running conference series on thesubject— the International Ecocity Conference Series— begun in 1990 in Berkeley and since held in Australia, Senegal, Brazil, China, India, San Francisco, Turkey and Canada.

 

• We initiate projects locally and internationally, and have been consultants locally and globally. Over the years we’ve advised in many countries, including China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Senegal, South Africa, Turkey, nine countries in Europe, Korea, and Australia.

 

• Over the years we have built a network of stellar thinkers and practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines, including transportation, energy, architecture, design, natural restoration, development, planning, and advocacy.

 

• Ecocity Builders is also known for its education and outreach. We regularly provide slideshows and lectures on the ecocity approach, as well as workshops and classes on the topic, in addition to the books written by Richard Register and our numerous newsletters and articles for various media outlets.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education and Outreach/Publications

Ecocity Builders publishes books, articles, editorials and a monthly newsletter, Ecocities Emerging with over 9,000 subscribers worldwide. We also maintain a website: www.ecocitybuilders.org and a blogsite: www.ecocity.wordpress.com.
 
We are keepers of the International Ecocity Conference Series, which has been held in Asia, North America, Australia, Africa and South America, and will be held next in Europe in 2013, which will be the 10th in the series. Approximately 12,000 ecocity practitioners have attended the conference series to date. 
 
Ecocity Builders presents at numerous conferences on sustainable development, ecology, architecture and related topics all over the world. Our President, Richard Register and Executive Director Kirstin Miller are frequent keynote speakers.  
 
Richard Register illustrates his own writing, and his books are considered as pleasurable for his imaginative drawings as profound in their ecological urban philosophies and visions. Register is the author of Ecocities: Building cities in balance with nature (2002), Ecocity Berkeley: Building cities for a healthy future (1987), and Another Beginning (1978). He is editor of Village Wisdom/Future Cities (1997). A new book on Ecocity Economics will be released in 2013.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$8,160.00

Program 2

International Ecocity Standards Project

In partnership with our international network of ecocity colleagues and
associates, Ecocity Builders has launched the International Ecocity
Standards (IES) project to define "ecocities" by developing a set of
standards, criteria and metrics against which to evaluate and guide new
and existing cities' progress towards becoming an "ecocity."
International Ecocity Standards will evaluate different scales of
development, from the small neighborhood scale to the regional scale. 
 
Website: http://www.ecocitystandards.org

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Budget

$47,597.00

Program 3

Green Infrastructure

We are helping create mixed-used development models and green infrastructure projects and maintaining previously implemented demonstration projects. We also have a major proposal underway, Center Street Plaza, for Berkeley, California. 
 
Green Infrastructure and Demonstration Projects Website:
http://ecocitybuilders.org/projects/

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$12,398.00

Program 4

Ecocity Mapping and Community Planning

Ecocity Mapping is a regional and integrated approach to transitioning from the current land and energy intensive patterns of urban sprawl and automobile dependence, towards compact, pedestrian and transit-oriented communities linked by transit, trails and greenways, and restored natural corrridors. 
 
Existing or potential “urban villages” are urban environments with a concentration of amenities, shown in the urban planning literature to help lower carbon emissions by reducing vehicle miles traveled, that would serve as cores of urban villages.
The mapping method calculates distances from residences to amenities such as grocery stores, transit stops, restaurants, schools, and parks. Combined with groundtruthing, the mapping method reveals existing and potential vitality centers that can serve as a road map for developing citywide and area-specific plans. Ecocity Mapping also serves to reveal how the built environment is related to topography, water systems, and the transportation network. 
 
Ecocitizen World Map:
https://ecocitizen.crowdmap.com/main
 
Ecocity Mapping for Urban Villages:
http://www.ecocitybuilders.org/what-we-do/consulting/ecocity-mapping-for-urban-villages/
 
GIS interface with Ecocitizen World Map:
http://tmappsevents.esri.com/website/eco_citizen_rio/index.html

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Offenders/Ex-offenders

Budget

$41,469.00

Program 5

Living City Project

The Living City Project is a pilot tested in Kathmandu, Nepal. The project establishes an understanding of the ancient urban systems of Kathmandu and nearby towns. Based on these findings, we proposed sustainable development interventions to deal with the rapid growth and unplanned settlements, regional planning for healthy development and restoration of decaying ecosystems, like the watershed. We suggested integrated ideas for improving the health and welfare of the people living in Kathmandu with ecocity urban solutions, "green" job creation and proposals for community banking and investment.

Category

Community, Business & Industry

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Other Named Groups

Budget

$24,403.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Locally, we serve Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Regionally we have worked for the Bay Area Air Quality District. 
 
Internationally, we are the keepers of the International Ecocity Conference Series— held in Berkeley, Australia, Senegal, Brazil, China, India, San Francisco, Turkey and Canada. We've advised in Canada, China, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Brazil, Senegal, South Africa, nine countries in Europe, Korea, and Australia.

Funding Needs

General Support = $100,000  Program Support for all of our programs.

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Principal Officer

Kirstin Miller

BIO

Kirstin Miller is an environmental activist, community organizer,
and a writer and editor. She has been with Ecocity Builders since 1997
and currently serves as Executive Director. Kirstin has presented for
the organization locally, nationally and internationally.
 
Kirstin works closely with Ecocity Builders' President
Richard Register in the development of the organization's "toolbox" of
strategies, such as car free by contract housing, environmental
restoration transfer of development rights, centers oriented
development, ecological demonstration projects and ecological zoning
overlay mapping.
 
She is a Board Member of the International Ecocity Conference Series, which has convened in the United States, Canada, Senegal, Brazil, China, India, Turkey and Australia -- with the upcoming conference planned for Nantes, France, in September 2013. Ecocity Builders is the 'urban issues' facilitator for the United Nations NGO Major Group and Kirstin has been a lead participant on city issues for the UN, including the World Urban Campaign and the Making Cities Resilient Campaign. She serves as an expert panelist for the Katerva Awards. 
 


Kirstin previously worked as an elementary and GATE (gifted
and talented education) teacher. She was awarded "Best New Teacher,"
1990, Fremont Unified School District. She has a B.S. in Humanities and
Fine/Performing Arts from Southern Oregon State University and a
California State Teaching Credential from Cal State, Hayward.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Ecocity
approach continues to capture the interest and attention of sustainable cities
and urban issues networks and organizations around the world.
 
 
In 2011 we successfully convened the International Ecocity Conference/Ecocity World Summit in Montreal Canada with over 1500 delegates from all over the world participating. 
 
 
In June of 2012 we led the 'cities and urban issues' cluster for the United Nations NGO Major Grouincluding the People's Summit and the Global Town Hall.  
 
 
We are now an
associate partner of the UN Habitat's World Urban Campaign. We're on the
Steering Committee of a new cities society, City Protocol(CP), which recently
met in San Francisco (related articles in this edition). Ecocity Builders
recently joined forces with the City of San Francisco's Planning Department to
host a conference and tour of SF's proposed ecodistricts for CP Society
members, who represent cities, companies, institutions and organizations. We've
been asked to help lead a City Protocol Ecodistrict Working Group, and will be
facilitating the input and participation of Barcelona's Chief Architect, San
Francisco's Director of Citywide Planning, along with other CP members and
associates.
 

We are helping to advise China on their next wave of ecocity building, and we recently delivered a report on Tianjin EcoCity's progress to date and potential for future influence and success. 
 

Ecocity Builders and the Sustainable Cities Program of Brazil plan to design a collaboration format, and will share the success and lessons from Brazil atECOCITY 10(http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001ivN09IoWHjG6wlozlLN5N9nAGR9PSli5UCgFaTP3TxmQcPMzHsRJYLEhYxHiQHXkCdrwg5e1fWcz1gr7zvssuXE4OSSmmbROCR5P7ny5igRGXtpInX8Jng==)  upcoming in Nantes(2013). We intend to bridge our similar frameworks of Ecocity analysis, which will allow us to work more closely together into the future. Sustainable Cities and Ecocity Builders will then be in a position to introduce these jointly-agreed standards to other cities in their networks, especially to pilot and evaluate them within some of their medium sized and smaller cities. 

 
It's a great opportunity to link North and Latin American grassroots efforts and work more collaboratively on the sustainable cities front. 

 
As we build, so shall we live.  

- Kirstin Miller, Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Richard Register

Ecocity Builders

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2012

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