California has been a leader in improving residential water use efficiency since the 1970s. The EcoBlock team is planning to install Flume Smart Home Water Monitor systems, which can help detect if a leak happens and help preserve critical water resources.
The Water team has been developing ways to implement water conservation and stormwater management strategies for the Oakland EcoBlock. Some of the strategies include installing water-efficient appliances, rainwater harvesting systems, and modifying landscaping strips for stormwater management and filtration.
Resilience Hubs are community spaces that provide critical services and resources to meet residents’ needs in both everyday situations and during emergencies. Through the NorCal Resilience Network’s Resilience Hubs Leadership Training Program, the EcoBlock team is learning from communities throughout the Bay Area how to better support each other and the planet, and help build a more resilient EcoBlock.
Last month, Dr. Sascha von Meier gave a presentation on the Oakland EcoBlock for Berkeley’s Science at Cal lecture series. In this blog, Miriam Aczel provides an overview of the engaging public lecture, and highlights what EcoBlock’s co-PI is optimistic about.
On April 21, the EcoBlock team gave a presentation for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Francisco. The event drew over 50 attendees from across the Bay Area from a wide range of backgrounds. Read our event recap and watch the recording here!
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month honors the culture, history and contributions of Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians in the United States. We join our partners in celebrating the contributions and recognizing the challenges faced by AAPI.
Larry Strain, FAIA, LEED AP is a co-lead of EcoBlock’s Design & Construction team and principal at Siegel & Strain Architects, an award-winning architecture and planning firm in the East Bay. We sat down with Larry to discuss his work on embodied carbon and the importance of adaptive reuse in the built environment.
Welcome to EcoBlock’s inaugural blog article! The Oakland EcoBlock’s Origin Story