Mayor Gavin Newsom was joined today by city and state officials, community leaders, residents and youth to celebrate the groundbreaking for the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park, a landmark youth education facility and environmental initiative in Bayview Hunters Point. The EcoCenter is the first building in San Francisco entirely "off the grid", boasting cutting-edge features that set a new standard for green building.
"The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park places San Francisco on the cutting-edge of green building," said Mayor Newsom. "It embodies my vision for San Francisco-a global 'eco-city' at the forefront of urban environmental commitment. By bringing off-grid designs to an urban environment like the Bayview, we are working to redefine what a 21st century city can be."
The first building in San Francisco's Southeast sector to be LEED certified by the US Green Building Council, the EcoCenter's innovative features include:
"With this groundbreaking ceremony, we are taking a major step toward bringing a beacon of environmental justice and education to a community that sorely needs it," said Milton Reynolds, Board Chair of Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), the non-profit project leader. "Thanks to our partners and community supporters, this initiative will place San Francisco at the forefront of urban environmental commitment."