Ecocity CoLab: Co-working for a Cause! Opening August 15th

July 8, 2013

Politics, Streets

On August 15th, a new kind of collaborative work space will be opening its doors at the recently renovated historic White Building near the 12th and 19th street BART stations in Downtown Oakland: Part co-working space and part innovation lab and ecocity learning network, Ecocity CoLab is designed to bring together individuals and organizations dedicated to creating sustainable communities.
Presented by Ecocity Builders, an Oakland non-profit that has created livable city visions and plans for over 20 years, the CoLab idea is coming at a time when more and more groups and organizations are working on sustainable development issues, both locally, nationally and internationally, but often independent of each other.
“With the growing recognition of cities as the solution to all kinds of environmental and social problems from climate change and resource depletion to poverty and inequity, we’ve noticed a growing need for increased partnership between groups who are working on these issues,” says Kirstin Miller, Executive Director of Ecocity Builders and one of the driving forces behind the CoLab. “So when our beautiful historic office building was slated for renovation and an adjoining space opened up, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to turn this physical expansion into a broadening of our vision to foster collaboration and accelerate social change.”

The Ecocity CoLab is conveniently located within walking distance of BART, business resources, restaurants, beautiful Lake Merritt, Oakland City Planning and Development offices, as well as a host of other urban/green organizations such as TransForm, Urban Habitat, BayLocalize and The sunny office is located on the 2nd floor, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, private meeting room, WiFi, kitchenette, essential office equipment, and eco-literature library and knowledge database, with secure bike storage, mail boxes and storage cabinets to be added. Desk space will go for $425/month (6 month sub-lease agreement with Ecocity Builders) and will be available starting August 15th.

The remodel has been going as planned and Miller says they’re ready to show the space to interested people starting next week. Prospective co-workers include people and organizations in the field of renewable energy, green building, and sustainable architecture, but the CoLab crew is ready to be wowed by city visionaries of all backgrounds, disciplines, and walks of life. Once the new occupants get settled physically, plans are to really get cookin’ on the essential ingredients: Starting in 2014, Ecocity Builders will facilitate CoLab events, training, professional development courses, discussions and symposiums on current topics and new directions in the field, as well as a forum for network members to connect and share ideas and best practices.
“If we’re really planing on living in cities that are healthy, interconnected whole systems,” says Miller, “those of us envisioning and building those communities better know what it’s like to be in a work environment that resembles a living breathing organism.”
For more info or to reserve desk space, contact Kirstin Miller –, cc Tawni Aaron –



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About Sven Eberlein

Sven Eberlein is a freelance journalist who writes about sustainable cities and any other subject related to making planet Earth a more inhabitable place. He's a regular contributor to YES! Magazine and Shareable and has written for Alternet, Grist, Sojourners, Planetizen and many others. When he’s not roaming around his neighborhood in search of tasty street food and random acts of creativity, he can be found musing on his blog,

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One Response to “Ecocity CoLab: Co-working for a Cause! Opening August 15th”

  1. Kirstin Miller Says:

    Thanks Sven, Karen and LOAKAL for helping spread the word. – Kirstin


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