Brower Center’s New Restaurant Opens

A few days before it opened in early May, we got a sneak peek at Downtown Berkeley’s David Brower Center, a 50,000-square-foot multi-use space hailed as the East Bay’s “greenest building.” Designed to be 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional structures of its size, featuring zinc siding, photovoltaic panels,...

Green Building in Berkeley

Several compact Meyer Sound audio systems are part of Berkeley’s new, low carbon footprint David Brower Center. The new David Brower Center’s low carbon footprint has made an impression on the environmentally progressive city of Berkeley, Calif. From photovoltaic power and natural lighting to compact Meyer Sound audio systems...

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...

David Brower Center, New Green Building, Opens in Berkeley with Meyer Sound

The new David Brower Center’s low carbon footprint has made an impression on the environmentally progressive city of Berkeley, California. From photovoltaic power and natural lighting to compact Meyer Sound audio systems in the gallery, auditorium, and meeting rooms, the building is both earth-friendly and inspirationally high-tech. Occupants of...

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...

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...

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...

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...