Monday, November 22, 2010

LEJ quilt is up!

Last year, LEJ youth and staff reflected on their roots and shoots - where they came from, where they are now, and where they hope to go. Each person's patch was sewn together in this beautiful quilt now hanging in the EcoCenter.

Special shout out one of LEJ's Public Allies from 2009-2010, Diana Law, for bringing all the pieces together into one.

If you had to draw a tree of life representing your ancestral and cultural roots, your stable trunk, and the branches and fruits of your dreams and ambitions, what would it look like?

The holiday season reminds us to reflect, give thanks and appreciate all that came before us to make today possible. Much respect and peace to you all!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Photo tour of the EcoCenter

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Friday, November 12, 2010

EcoCenter Wishlist

Thanks to the City of SF's Virtual Warehouse and UCSF's Surplus Warehouse, we have very useful furniture for the EC's office! Also, much gratitude to the Aquarium of the Bay for donating funds to purchasing 50 chairs. Thanks to volunteers from the Meritus Fund alumni, the office was transformed into a more organized space.

If you're wondering what else we need at the EcoCenter, firstly, we definitely need program partners who want to bring programming, educational classes, or funding to the EcoCenter. We're planning now for EcoCenter programming starting in the spring of 2011. As for physical contributions to the EcoCenter to help us do the education and community engagement we want to do, check out our wishlist:

- Solar panels for solar thermal radiant heating: ~$4k
- On-demand hot water heaters (3)
- Pathway lighting and spotlights on building
- MicroEye microscope with video capabilities: ~$3.5K
- SmartBoard
- Webcamera for living roof
- Microscopes with rolling cart (20)
- Laptops (5)
- Flip cameras (5)
- Bird-safe wind turbine

Contact Tracy at for more info or visit our Amazon wishlist.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We have wireless internet!

Thanks to our amazing tech guys, Tim Pozar, Mike McCarthy, Hal Gibson and company, we now have wireless internet at the EcoCenter!

After they measured the internet speed, it was literally OFF THE CHARTS! How's that for an off-the-grid building?

Because of our wireless capabilities, we can monitor the wastewater system remotely. Soon, we hope to monitor our energy generated and energy usage remotely as well.

Check it out! Wireless network is EcoCenter and password is gr33n.