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What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? (Henry David Thoreau)

The David Brower Center’s mission is to provide a home for the environmental movement by advocating for the beauty, diversity and ecological integrity of Earth. The Brower Center accomplishes this mission through a distinctive combination of permanent infrastructure and ongoing public programs in a unique civic institution.

The Brower Center’s activities are grounded in three commitments:

  • Inform the public about the environmental challenges we face and the bold actions we must take if ours is to remain a living planet;
  • Inspire people to recognize their own power and responsibility to act on behalf of the Earth; and
  • Connect individuals and organizations dedicated to social equity and ecological sustainability.

The Brower Center fulfills these commitments through its three core programs:

  • Art and Education, which pairs three museum-quality exhibitions with 20-25 public programs annually, serving to educate audiences about a wide range of environmental issues and foster a more engaged citizenry;
  • Resident Organizations, which allows the Center to house over 30 nonprofits and social enterprises, as well as to provide capacity building and networking opportunities; and
  • Conference Center, which hosts over 300 events every year for a mix of nonprofits and private businesses, and strengthens the green event industry by requiring clients to abide by low-waste, green principles as a part of all rental contracts. 

Together, these programs bring over 50,000 people into the Center each year and draw a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and the general public to engage in creative dialogue and action.

The David Brower Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; our taxpayer ID number is 94-3385643.