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David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States

Upcoming Events At This Venue

October 9, 2014

Sugary drinks harm our bodies, but what about our ecosystems? Earth Island Journal editor Jason Mark and guests explore the environmental impacts of Big Soda, from litter and recycling woes, to greenwashing, water wars, and GMO corn in the Midwest.

Sponsors: Earth Island Institute, Brower Center, Corporate Accountability International


  • Jason Mark, Editor, Earth Island Journal (moderator)
  • Susan Collins, Director, Container Recycling Institute
  • Nick Guroff of Corporate Accountability International

Does our future health and economy depend on what we drink? Soda: the Series offers conversations about sugary drinks and their impact on the health of our families, community and environment. Experts will discuss the science of sugary drinks, tactics of the soda industry, and disease prevention efforts. These events take place in the run-up to the November election, when Berkeley will vote on Measure D, a tax on sugary drinks. Soda: the Series is sponsored by the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition, Ecology Center, Public Health Institute, Prevention Institute and Small Planet Institute.

Date: October 9, 2014 7:00 pm
Cost: Free

October 23, 2014

The controversial 2014 California Water Bond will allow the state government to borrow $11.1 billion to overhaul our water system. To educate voters about this complex measure, currently on track for the November ballot, the Brower Center has gathered a prestigious group of experts supporting and opposing the bond. Allocations include funds for water storage projects, ecosystem protection, groundwater protection, and technology solutions such as desalination – all of which draw passionate supporters and detractors. The evening will feature conversations representing a wide variety of viewpoints, including Central Valley farmer Stuart Woolf, the Pacific Institute’s Peter Gleick, and former Deputy Secretary of the California Natural Resource Agency and top water advisor to Governor Brown, Jerry Meral. The evening will be moderated by Dave Sunding of the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources.

Register online.

Date: October 23, 2014 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 Suggested Donation

November 6, 2014

Learn new technologies, techniques, and strategies to save water in the homes we design, build, and remodel. Join Build It Green, your peers, and leading experts to help fight California’s drought!

Register online.

Date: November 6, 2014 8:00 am
Cost: $25 member, $35 non-member

Learn new technologies, techniques, and strategies to save water in the homes we design, build, and remodel. Join Build It Green, your peers, and leading experts to help fight California’s drought!

Date: November 6, 2014 8:00 am
Cost: $35 for non Build It Green Members

We all want our residential projects to save more water, but keeping up with the latest practices and policies can be challenging. In its latest conference, Build It Green delivers advanced solutions to help building professionals like you overcome water conservation barriers.
Landscape design and strategy: Learn your options for replacing lawns with solutions across the landscaping spectrum, from native plants to xeriscape, with a look at water usage and project costs for each. Explore design how-to’s and common mistakes.

Behavior and Water System Design: Learn about new technologies that automate water conservation in modern bathrooms and help overcome wasteful behaviors.

Water-Energy Nexus: Optimizing and designing home water systems to save both energy and water, including structured plumbing, recirculation strategies, fixture and appliance selection, and troubleshooting issues.

Gray Water and Rain Water Reuse: A review of low-cost to more advanced systems, how to balance source and sink, and a case study of a Passivhaus home that utilized laundry-to-landscape strategies and rainwater capture.

GreenPoint Rated and Water Conservation: A panel of experts will discuss design/code challenges for gray water and the role of GreenPoint Rated Version 6.0 in water conservation. Hear perspectives and share your opinions on installation, design, and policy.

Date: November 6, 2014 8:00 am
Cost: $25 for members, $35 for non-members

November 13, 2014

Please join us to honor visionary leader and Urban Habitat founder, Carl Anthony, and celebrate the start of our next 25 years of advancing environmental, economic, and social justice in the Bay Area.

Date: November 13, 2014 4:00 pm
Cost: $50

December 11, 2014

The Annual Conference on Disruptive Innovation in plastic pollution is a forum to share ideas that are bold and forward thinking, and challenge the current status-quo of plastic usage. It is an opportunity for early access to some of the most innovative people and businesses eliminating plastic pollution. The conference brings together cleantech leaders, investors, scientists, journalists, academics and entrepreneurs in an exchange of ideas in cleantech. Presenting sponsors will have a custom, global forum for ideation on their most pressing concerns, and benefit from significant media exposure.

Start: December 11, 2014
End: December 12, 2014