Research, Resources and Local Initiatives


We invite suggestions about and contributions to this overview of local repair resources and initiatives.

Research — The East Bay

Our work emerges from research into current conditions and opportunities in The East Bay.

This should be a veritable hotbed of repair.

  • We are innovative, scrappy, and creative.

  • We're paying attention to the environment.

  • It costs too much to live here not to squeeze every ounce of life out of our things.


Researching repair in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, municipalities, not-for-profits, foundations, businesses large and small, colleges and universities, we are asking:

  • Who’s thinking about repair and what are they thinking about?

  • Who's not thinking about repair but should be?

  • What needs to be done to move us along?


The Core Question →  What can we do, here and now, to establish and develop a vibrant culture of repair, complete with an extensive and robust infrastructure to support it?

Repair Resources


Fixit Clinic — Headquartered in The East Bay, Fixit Clinic operates in The Bay, nationally and internationally. Fixit Clinic has hosted over 400 Fixit Clinic STEM-oriented community repair events nationwide. Now turning its focus upstream, Fixit Clinic is working with university engineering and design programs at MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley. Fixit Clinic participates in policy development in California and was a founding member of the Open Repair Alliance, an international collaboration among repair initiatives to standardize data collection. eTown bestowed its eChievement Award on founder Peter Mui, interviewed here.

StopWaste — Alameda County, CA — Stopwaste has explicitly targeted repair as an area for focus, working through 1) the Reuse and Repair Stakeholder Group, 2) grant-making to organizations furthering repair (grants and mini-grants), and the Bay Area Reuse and Repair Community — Facebook Group. "StopWaste is a public agency responsible for reducing waste in Alameda County. We help local governments, businesses, schools and residents with projects and initiatives that: Increase recycling and reduce waste; Develop and expand markets for recycled materials; Provide technical and implementation assistance to increase recycling; Motivate people to make recycling and waste reduction part of their everyday routines; and, Reduce energy wastes and increase community resilience to climate change." —

Tech Exchange OTX — Oakland — "... dedicated to providing digital equity to all East Bay residents. We employ an environmentally sustainable, re-use model by refurbishing donated computers and providing them to families, schools and community organizations. Over the last 20 years, we have distributed 40,000 computers to our community and diverted over 700 tons of e-waste from landfills." —

Other People and Organizations in the East Bay
Doing Related Good Work:


Ecology Center — Berkeley — "The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. We transform the ideals of sustainability into everyday practice. We deliver information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change." —

City of Berkeley, Department of Public Works — Zero Waste Program —

City of Oakland - Economic and Workforce Development, Green Business Economic Development staff are working on a number of fronts to grow green business in Oakland—from helping individual businesses to building regional partnerships.

SCRAP — San Francisco — "...stimulate creativity and environmental awareness in children and adults through promoting the creative reuse of materials that traditionally have been discarded as waste." —

The ReUse People — Oakland — construction materials

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse — "...collecting discarded materials by donation from businesses, manufacturers, and the general public, keeping the materials out of the landfill, and offering them for sale at the Depot Store. Our customers are typically, teachers, artists and households to which we sell supplies at low cost." —

UC Berkeley — Haas Center for Responsible Business —

Recology — San Francisco — "Recology is an employee-owned company dedicated to building exceptional resource ecosystems that protect the environment and sustains our communities. Recology services move the proportion of resources that communities today call “waste” to their greatest productive re-use, thus creating a fundamental shift from traditional “waste management” practices to a fully-integrated resource ecosystem paradigm.  The Recology resource ecosystem is comprised of four critical components:  Collection, Recovery, Processing, and Marketing, which are all interconnected to optimize the material resources Recology recovers."

Community Energy Services Corporation, Oakland

PLACE: People Linking Art Community and Ecology, Oakland

Spokeland, Oakland

The Bikery, Oakland

The Shed at MLK Jr. Oakland Public Library

Main Street Launch, Oakland

Working Solutions, Oakland

Operation Hope, Oakland

Tool Lending Library, Berkeley Public Library

Tinkers Workshop / Waterside Workshop, Berkeley

Urban Ore, Berkeley