Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 11:47am

Every summer, the David Brower Center hosts a juried show featuring a variety of Bay Area-based artists.  Art has been a critical part of our programming since our opening, and the juried show gives us a chance to explore local perspectives on today’s most critical issues.  With this summer’s exhibition, Reimagining Progress: Production, Consumption, and Alternative Economies, the Brower Center presents the work of 18 artists looking at our society’s unsustainable present and offering possible solutions for the future.  Earlier this month, the Brower Center’s Community Partnerships Manager Jackie Hasa interviewed via email three Reimagining Progress artists whose work questions our current socioeconomic values: Kathryn Kenworth (Trade-O-Mat), Patrick Lydon (What Is Food: Burger and Cabbage), and Paul Taylor (FOOD (Help Yourself)).  Their conversation below has been edited for length and clarity.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 11:32am

On Saturday, April 19, fifty strangers from across the Bay Area will gather around one long table at the Brower Center. As people walk in from Allston St. in downtown Berkeley, they will enter into a warm space filled with flowers, flickering candles, and a variety of art supplies strewn across the table. They are gathering together for LATE NITE ART (LNA), a monthly social art event that combines collaborative art-making, delicious food, and facilitated discussion to unleash creativity and create community in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 4:23pm

This month, we had the wonderful opportunity to ask featured artist Douglas Gayeton several questions about his work on The Lexicon of Sustainability project, which is currently on display here at the David Brower Center. Gayeton shared with us not only the journey that led to the development of the Lexicon, but also his process as an artist and his upbringing. Through his reflections, he reveals that food is intimately a cultural experience, and thus our experiences with our food system can be improved by returning to that mindset.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 4:53pm

A core strategy of the Brower Center is to convene engaged citizens, thought leaders and advocates to better understand the most pressing environmental and social issues of our time.  We strive to partner with outstanding thought leaders to craft programs that provide practical solutions to serious environmental threats.

Our most recent exhibition, Richard Misrach and Kate Orff’s Petrochemical America Project Room addressed the destructive power of the petrochemical industry on the environment and communities living along the stretch of the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. The Brower Center produced exhibition-related public programs that included workshops, film screenings, youth activities and community forums. From these productive conversations our network of changemakers grew.  



Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 12:00am

On December 5, Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95, prompting the world to celebrate his life and reflect upon his incredible legacy of activism, sacrifice and unparalleled leadership in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. At that time, many of us in the Brower Center community shared stories of what Mandela meant to us, and often our conversations turned to remembering anti-apartheid struggles and the many lessons Mandela’s actions taught us about leading from a place of compassion without bitterness.  One among us shared how her own activism played a key role in paving the way to freedom for Nelson Mandela.  We were proud to learn of the anti-aparteid activism of Brower Center Board Member, California Assembly Member Nancy Skinner.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 4:00pm

Bay Area Green Tours is a non-profit labor of love, fueled by the generosity of wonderful interns and the community.  We have worked diligently for 5 years to gather a comprehensive database of pioneering innovators in the Bay Area and we want to share these role models with students of all ages.  

BAGT hosts tours that display the innovative nature of Bay Area sustainability pioneers. For example, we have been pleased to feature Urban Ore on our Zero Waste Tours where they are often picked as our participants' favorite stop. We thank them heartily for their exemplary support!

Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2:53pm

I was thrilled to join the David Brower Center as its new Executive Director just two months ago.  In my work on environmental and social justice issues over the past two decades, I learned first-hand that when diverse people engage, dream, learn and act together, we can find inspired solutions to today’s most pressing problems. 

In our early years, generous community members like you have helped build the Brower Center into a place where inspiration would be turned into sustained action.  We are a long-term investment in the environmental and social justice movement, and you have a key role to play—whether in your daily life, in the actions you take to join coalitions and attend community meetings, or in the organizations you support financially.

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 7:39pm

Located in the David Brower Center, the Center for Ecoliteracy (CEL) was cofounded in 1995 by executive director Zenobia Barlow, systems thinker Fritjof Capra, and environmentalist Peter Buckley (founder of the David Brower Center). It works to advance ecological education in K–12 schools.

What is ecological education – or "ecoliteracy"? "It encourages students to experience and understand how nature sustains life, and how to live accordingly," explains CEL communications director Lisa Bennett. "The vision that motivates everything we do: Future generations thriving in resilient communities that live in harmony with the natural world."

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 1:14pm

 Edupath, a resident organization here at the Brower Center, is making headway in designing what the future of education might look like in an increasingly information-driven world. The company has created a mobile app designed to empower students while engaging educators and parents in the college prep process. Founded in 2011, Edupath is the brainchild of Michael Weiler and a few close associates. The company and app of the same name grew out of a desire to elevate and expand the SAT/ACT prep process beyond high school classrooms, expensive private prep classes, and hours upon hours of practice tests for little return.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:21am


The Brower Center was very excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Berit Ashla, earlier this month. Over the last few weeks, we've gotten the chance to get to know her, and we thought our dedicated community would like to learn more about her as well! Below, she answers a few questions about her background, her family life, and her hopes for this big, beautiful center for sustainability.