THE EAST BAY
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?
Principal Resources To Date:
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 — 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." — www.stopwaste.org
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." — http://ecologycenter.org/
The Crucible — Oakland — "Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public in the Bay Area." — http://thecrucible.org/
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." — techexchange.org
Resources in the Pipeline:
City of Berkeley, Department of Public Works — Zero Waste Program —http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/zerowaste/
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. http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityAdministration/d/EconomicDevelopment/s/WFD/DOWD008135
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." — www.scrap-sf.org
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." — creativereuse.org
UC Berkeley — Haas Center for Responsible Business — http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/academics/sustainability.html
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." www.recology.co
Other People and Organizations in the East Bay
Doing Related Good Work:
Community Energy Services Corporation, Oakland
PLACE: People Linking Art Community and Ecology, 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