"Super" green center opens in Berkeley

May 10, 2009 5:52:31 PM PDT
A state of the art "green building" opened its doors in Berkeley Sunday. It is described as one of the most environmentally friendly in the state.

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The David Brower Center is a community center designed to house environmental groups and non-profits. It is also available for conferences.

It was built with more than 50-percent recycled materials and is said to be about 40 percent more energy efficient than standard buildings.

The center's executive director hopes it becomes a model for smart building.

"We have rain water that we're catching for our toilets and irrigation. We have non-toxic recycled carpets. We have day lighting in the offices so when you're working for a non-profit you can actually open your window and have real natural light while you're working," said Amy Tobin with the center.

The Brower Center also includes a theater, an organic restaurant scheduled to open this fall, a public gallery and office spaces.

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