The EcoCenter produces and stores its own electrical energy via 24 solar photovoltaic panels (4.6 kilowatts) and a battery storage bank that provides electricity during periods of low or no sunlight.
The EcoCenter captures rainwater that falls on the roof in three 4,800‐gallon tanks. These tanks supply water to the living roof and surrounding landscaping. Soon rainwater will also be used to flush the toilets.
All water used at the EcoCenter is treated onsite. Going beyond conventional treatment, the processes at the EcoCenter involve irradiation of effluent and incorporation of a constructed wetland for further purification.
The EcoCenter’s living roof absorbs rainwater, thus reducing stormwater runoff that could cause erosion. It insulates the building interior, extends the life of the roof, helps mitigate the urban heat island effect, and restores habitat.
Only Bay Area native plants are used in the landscaping and living roof at the EcoCenter. Because native plants evolved in this region over thousands to millions of years, they are adapted to our climate and soils.
The EcoCenter was created using an extensive array of sustainably harvested, sourced, reused, and recycled materials, as well as energy- and resource-efficient design features and fixtures. We are a nearly zero waste facility!