Contact and Locations

NextNow Collaboratory has two locations–within the Sustainable Enterprise Cluster in the David Brower Center, and an 1,800 square foot office and collaboration space in the Strawberry Creek Design Center.

David Brower Center 

Our newest location, NextNow Collaboratory is part of the Sustainable Enterprise Cluster at the new David Brower Center, one of the Bay Area’s most advanced green buildings.  (The developers, Equity Community Builders, also developed San Francisco’s Thoreau Center for Sustainability.)  Situated right across the street from the University of California, Berkeley, the DBC considers itself the region’s hub for environmental and social action.  It was conceived as a physical space that will foster collaboration among tenants and with the larger community, catalyze a broader population in advocacy, and facilitate cross-sector communication and solutions.  We’re thrilled to be part of this community that includes Earth Island Institute, The Center for Ecoliteracy, and The Redford Center, as well as several for-profit companies dedicated to facilitating the shift.

When you come to visit, put this in the category of “Don’t Miss”:

Building Dashboard: Our interactive Building Dashboard will make the Brower Center’s energy consumption transparent by allowing the Center, our tenants and our visitors to monitor the building’s energy “vital signs” in real time right from this site. Check out our consumption right now, or look at consumption patterns over time. Compare our building’s usage with another monitored building. And get an in-depth look at the green design features that help reduce our impact on the planet.


The building was designed to foster community and collaboration and be ecologically sound.  The Brower Center will provide educational programming, lectures, events, and exhibits.  Centrally located in Berkley, tenants can take public transportation or bike commute because of available bicycle parking and showers.  A car-share program is also located in the underground garage.  Other environmental features include:

  • Photovoltaics on the roof provide shade and solar energy;
  • 53% of the materials used in construction were recycled;
  • High fly-ash content concrete used in foundation walls;
  • Gray water system uses runoff water for toilet flushing and irrigation;
  • Efficient radiant heating and cooling within concrete structural slabs;
  • Solar shading on all south facing windows;
  • 100% daylighting in all office areas; and
  • Non-toxic carpet and finishes throughout.

The David Brower Center was designed to be 40% more energy efficient than a similar, traditionally constructed building, but the most fascinating feature is the proposed Interactive Building Dashboard.  This will allow tenants and visitors to monitor the building’s current energy consumption.  It uses patterns over time and compares those results with other monitored buildings.

NextNow Collaboratory/Sustainability Cluster, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 280, Berkeley, CA  94704

NextNow Collaboratory is pleased to host the offices of social benefit programs and Techne Verde  since 2013

Strawberry Creek Design CenterPicture 42

Our main collaboration space is 1,800 square feet on the second floor of this historical registry building catering to artists, NGO’s and social entrepreneurs.  NNC provides collaboration space for network members and member collaborations and meet-ups such as Natural Logic Sustainability Consultants, Invest In Yourself @ Nexus, International Society for Digital Earth, Haas School T-Group pilot program, Search Inside Yourself,  Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and more.

NextNow Collaboratory, Strawberry Creek Design Center, 1250 Addison Ave., Berkeley, CA  94702

The two addresses are very similar, so be careful to remember which one you’re aiming for.


  1. I want to you, friends and allies to the event Hooked on Plastic: Truths about Plastic Pollution, Disposable Culture and It’s Toxic Impacts this coming Thursday September 16th, 7pm at Hub Bay Area.

    event link:

    It will be a good chance to see films, photos, art and hear speakers talk about the issue of plastic pollution. I’m really hoping that both folks who know about the issue and those who are new to it attend. With rich audience participation (from many different people and orgs) during the discussion, we could all learn a lot more about what’s going on in the movement as well as how to collaborate and inspire others.

    If you are able, please pass this to your friends and colleagues who might be interested.

    Also, the event will be held within the Recology’s Art at the Dump exhibit, so it will be a good chance to see their art if you haven’t already.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.


    leslie dreyer
    Bay Area Coordinator / Swiss Army Knife
    cell: 512.716.9930

  2. NextNow Collaboratory

    Dear Dr. Gritzka, I have forwarded your inquiry to the State of the World Forum administration and asked them to assist you ASAP. You should have been notified and I apologize that you were not. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. cwelss(at)nextnow(dot)net

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