Anneli Rufus, coauthor of the recently published Scavenger’s Manifesto, takes us through a photographic preview of the David Brower Center, a multipurpose space in downtown Berkeley that will house non-profits working towards environmental and social action. The 50,000 square foot building, opening to the public on May 10th, has been designed to be “green from the ground up” and will serve as a physical reminder of the very principles it’s hoping to promote. Its construction highlights include the use of 53% recycled materials, collection and reuse of rainwater for many of the building’s plumbing needs and the installation of low-energy radiant heating and cooling systems. The center is expected to receive a LEED Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council, making it the first of its kind in Berkeley and one of only a handful in the northern part of the state.

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