Surviving the Downturn: Environmental Nonprofits Face a New Economic Reality

The groups that act as stewards for the earth’s oceans, land, water and wildlife are facing a new battle: the poor economy. With the national unemployment rate hovering around 9.5%—the highest it’s been in 25 years—and more than 14.5 million Americans out of work, funding for the nation’s large...

The Nexus of Art and Social Documentary: The Photographs of Sebastiåo Salgado

BERKELEY – The David Brower Center, a new institute for environmental and social action that opened recently in Berkeley, has chosen an appropriate subject for its inaugural exhibition. Then and Now features 25 large-scale black-and-white images by the renowned Brazilian documentary photographer and environmentalist Sebastião Salgado. Although small in...

Labor Report for Wednesday, May 6

One of the Bay Area’s most advanced green buildings….the David Brower Center is set to open this weekend in Berkeley. Named to honor David Brower, a Berkeley native who many consider the father of the modern environmental movement. I spoke with Amy Tobin, the Executive Director of the David...

Brower Center aims to be hub for community

I’ve just finished a tour of the David Brower Center. The center’s home is a state-of-the-art green building that faces the tennis courts on Allston Way in Berkeley. Its spot was formerly a parking lot that belonged to the City of Berkeley, which donated it to the Brower Center...

The Scavenged Building: Berkeley’s Brower Center

Yesterday, we were given a special sneak-preview of downtown Berkeley’s David Brower Center, a bold 50,000-square-foot experiment in “green from the ground up” architecture that opens to the public on May 10. A whopping 53 percent of its construction involves recycled materials, which makes this complex of offices, conference...

Intersection of Art and Ecology, LEED Platinum David Brower Center

Named for the father of the modern environmental movement, the David Brower Center reflects its namesake’s commitment to the environment.  The center is expected to receive LEED Platinum certification and hopes to bring together people committed to environmental and social action under one roof.  The 24,000 square feet of...

Nonprofit center named after Sierra Club leader complete

BERKELEY — Sierra Club leader David Brower was fond of telling people to “have fun saving the world, or you are just going to depress yourself.” Brower, considered by many to be the father of the modern environmental movement, himself made giant strides in saving the world. But he...

Berkeley’s environment-friendly center to open

In a splash of bamboo, concrete and solar panels, Berkeley will unveil a temple to the environmental movement next week with the opening of the Brower Center. The $28 million state-of-the-art office building, on the site of a former parking lot next to UC Berkeley, will house at least...

Berkeley’s Latest Super-Green Project

During my student days at U.C. Berkeley, my friends and I would go to the Great China Restaurant for dinner and the California Theaters for a movie. Along the way, there was a big parking lot which was often viewed as an eye-sore. More than 10 years later, this...

City CarShare Partners With Brower Center

Today, City CarShare (CCS) is celebrating Earth Day by announcing the placement of a new CCS location at the City of Berkeley parking garage, located at the Brower Center, one of the Bay Area’s most advanced green buildings, opening in May. City CarShare and the Brower Center are providing...