Looking at the Team members of Leroy Merlin touching the beautifull Bamboo sound absorbing frames, caressing with their palms the perfectly smooth concrete pillars and walls that will allow the building to resist a severe earth quake. When I saw them studying and discussing around the floor covering, to the point of dismantling he recycleble floor tiles, not glued yet astutely fixed on the concrete floor structure. I saw their jaws fall when they were told that these floor structures incorporates steelworks slack and so reduce the overall CO2 impact of the building… I knew that our visit to the Brower Center in Berkeley would be another high point in Leroy Merlin’s quest for the future.
You were not told,since they are so humble, that Leroy Merlin has in operation one of the greenest logistics centers, one of the greenest shops, and is constructing one of the greenest headquarters in Europe… Leaders were meeting Leaders.
Thank you Amy Tobin fore having infused us your passion for “supporting activism”. Thank you for answering our questions. I will surely provide you with some articles of the research around the Theory of Socio-Cultural Viability, and the results of actions going on worldwide to solve the intractable problems of our time applying “a higher level of thinking than the one who lead to the problem in the first place”
You will discover that you are applying it, maybe even without knowing, what has now become a full fledged theory, but is still opposed so fiercely by vested interests in place.
Our Leroy Merlin team takes away from your speech, and the guided tour so enthusiastically and expertly conducted by Michael Mitrani, the seeds necessary for weaving its contribution into the world-wide movement that is slowly but surely developing thoughts and actions leading Humankind to “Inventing a Future” that solves the intractable problems of our times in a dignified way.
Thank you Amy, you’ll hear from us.
One of the Bay Area’s most advanced green buildings, the nonprofit David Brower Center is an inspiring home for environmental and social action, combining both offices and program facilities in a 50,000 square-foot space.
Conceived as a vibrant community of like-minded individuals and organizations committed to a just and ecologically sustainable society, the Brower Center promises to be an invaluable asset for the region and a landmark for anyone, anywhere committed to the planet and its inhabitants.
By investing in a centrally located workspace and gathering place, the Brower Center is using real estate as an enduring progressive strategy and building a destination for activism and education. Until now, there has been no physical space in the Bay Area designed to foster collaborations between like-minded organizations and individuals, engage new people in advocacy and facilitate cross-sector communication and partnerships.
The David Brower Center provides a central address for the nonprofit community, a place to discover the connections between issues, build lasting relationships and affect real, substantive change.
The Brower Center was built adjacent to Oxford Plaza, affordable family housing with retail on the ground floor, and over a city-owned underground parking facility. The Brower Center and Oxford Plaza are independently owned, but were designed together as a mixed-use, transit-oriented development.