The EcoCenter represents one of the best examples of sustainable solutions to adverse human impacts on the environment in San Francisco. On-site energy generation and water conservation and management strategies reduce input from, and output to, electrical grid and sewage systems of San Francisco. In fact, the building has no connection to the storm and wastewater treatment systems of the City. All water that falls on the site is managed through an array of low-impact design features including a living roof, rainwater harvesting, on-site wastewater treatment (including a constructed wetland), native landscaping, and permeable paving. The EcoCenter also features sustainable building materials incorporating as many reused and recycled materials as possible, along with energy and resource efficient devices and fixtures. It produces and stores its own electrical energy via 24 solar photovoltaic panels (4.6 kilowatts) and a battery storage bank.
In July 2013, the EcoCenter was certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building. It is the first LEED Platinum Zero Net Energy Building in San Francisco and the first LEED certified building in Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP).
The EcoCenter was designed by Toby Long Design and was a collaborative project between Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), the Port of San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of the Environment, and the California Coastal Conservancy. Below is an overview of the sustainable design features of the building. Click on the headings to learn even more.