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Release of the East Bay Greenway Concept Plan

Urban Ecology is proud to release the East Bay Greenway Concept Plan! We have been working for many years with over 350 community members to draft this vision for a greener, safer, and more connected bicycle and pedestrian corridor from Oakland to Hayward.

We would like to thank the State Coastal Conservancy, the California Endowment, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund for providing financial sponsorship of this concept plan. We also want to extend an huge thank you to all of the dozens of volunteers and hundreds of community members who attended the workshops to make this plan possible. Thank You.

We have partnered with the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority to conduct an Environmental Impact Review and are currently seeking partners for implementation assistance and funding.

Executive Director Search Announcement

After three years of providing leadership and vision for Urban Ecology, Don Neuwirth left his post as Executive Director in October 2008.

We were saddened to see Don leave us this October. We have begun a search for a new Executive Director. Please see the Careers page for the full job posting. During our search we are joined by Susan Rothstein, an experienced Interim Executive Director.

Roosevelt Schoolyard Redesign

Urban Ecology has partnered with the East Bay Asian Youth Center to redesign the Roosevelt Middle School campus. We have recently completed the first round of outreach, by hosting workshops with students, parents, and teachers. The workshop with the students resulted in feedback on current conditions of the schoolyard from over 250 students. That's a record for Urban Ecology! Over the next week we will be preparing several design alternatives based on the input form the workshops. The final round of design charettes will be in mid to late November, where we gather final comments from the students, parents, and teachers.

Roosevelt Student Workshop

Volunteer Opportunities

Urban Ecology is helping with two volunteer days this fall at Urban Promise Academy and Garfield Elementary schools in Oakland. We need your help planting trees, ripping up asphalt, painting the black top, and making these schools a better environ for the youth who attend them.

  • Garfield Work Day - November 15th, 9am-2pm
  • Urban Promise Academy - December 6th, 10am-4pm
Please email Katherine if you are interested. We would like to thank the Stewardship Council for funding infrastructure improvements at these schools. Also, thanks again to all of those who came out to volunteer with us at the first Garfield Elementary work days earlier this year.

Castro Streetscape

We have submitted our recommendations for the design of the Castro Streetscape to the Castro Community Benefit District. Our focus was on pedestrian safety, community identity, and greening. They just released the Neighborhood Beautification and Safety Plan(10mb PDF) that Urban Ecology prepared.

Ongoing Projects

  • Eastern Neighborhoods - We are currently drafting a scope of work for the Eastern Neighborhoods community outreach process with MTA and the Planning Department.
  • Safe Routes to School - In August, Urban Ecology worked with Opportunity West in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond, to help them develop a Safe Routes to School program. We assisted in developing the route, and held training sessions with local youth on mapping techniques in Google Earth.
  • Richmond Parks - We have partnered with Pogo Parks to conduct the outreach and redesign of two neighborhood parks in Richmond - Elm Totlot and Solano Park - this fall and spring.
  • Green Business - Urban Ecology continues to protect the environment of San Francisco one office at a time. Our Green Business program under guidance from the Department of the Environment continues. We have recognized over 38 business and are working with 222 others to green up their acts.

How You Can Help

Want to get involved with designing the environment for the school children of Oakland? With improving the public health of those in the East Bay? With fighting the good fight of nonprofit green community design? Well then, please Volunteer, Donate, and Contact Us.