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  • Urban Ecology (www.urbanecology.org) has a Bay Area infill developers portfolio of exemplary projects based on their infill development standards, a sustainable development toolkit, City profiles, and their quarterly Urban Ecology magazine.

  • Virtually Green (www.virtuallygreen.com ) offers virtual tours of LEED-certified buildings around the country.


  • Betty Ann Gardens is a 76-unit project in San José, California, developed by First Community Housing. It demonstrates that Green Building is compatible with mainstream construction practices and affordable housing project budgets. The project is one of the few to incorporate formaldehyde-free medium-density fiberboard for cabinetry and trim. The Community Center incorporates shingles made of 100% recycled materials, reinforced vinyl, and cellulose fiber.

  • Emeryville Resourceful Building Project (www.homeasta.org/emery.htm) is a three-unit affordable housing project in Emeryville, California, that incorporates resource and energy-efficiency measures; use of recycled, durable, non-toxic building materials; and job-site recycling.

  • The Fruitvale Avenue Project is an example of East Bay Habitat for Humanity's priority towards building sustainable housing. The project features four single-family detached homes in East Oakland and incorporates many sustainable elements to reduce energy consumption and waste. Like all Habitat projects, the Fruitvale project relied heavily on donated materials and volunteer time.

  • Northgate Apartments (.pdf file) is a 43-unit project in North Oakland, sponsored by Resources for Community Development. The project is a good example of “smart growth:” an in-fill development project that makes maximum use of a constrained site and incorporates a variety of Green Building techniques, including virtual elimination of vinyl.




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