Bayview-Hunters Point is rarely equated with environmental activism. The district is more commonly known for the decommissioned U.S. Navy shipyard that left behind enough pollutants to qualify it as one of the largest EPA Superfund sites in California. The areas residents experience ongoing health issues because of the shipyard and the many industrial plants still located there. But the EcoCenter at Herons Head Park seeks to address this legacy by its very existence. Located in the heart of the district and run by the group Literacy for Environmental Justice, the EcoCenter offers education on things including solar power and native wildlife. It exists wholly off the electrical and sewer grid and, among other things, boasts an innovative wastewater treatment facility. See how these systems work while learning about the centers green architecture and commitment to sustainability today during the Sustainable Architecture Tour, put on by the museum known for innovation and education. The EPA has recognized the EcoCenter with one of its National Achievements in Environmental Justice awards for its work to empower the next generation of residents to right the ecological wrongs of the past. Heres to a new legacy for Bayview-Hunters Point.
Wed., March 23, 5:30 p.m., 2011