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Brower Center gets $1 million challenge grant

By kbender
Friday, September 19th, 2008 at 11:30 am in Uncategorized.

The David Brower Center, a green building named in honor of Brower, the first president of the Sierra Club, has been awarded a $1 million challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation.

The grant will be given to the Brower Center when it raises its final $2.4 million to support its $30 million capital campaign, center officials said.

The center is slated to open in May 2009.

This grant is among the largest gifts center has received to build its four-story, 50,000 square foot building, which will be used for environmental education and social change organizations and programs.

“The awarding of this grant salutes your efforts to improve conditions and advance opportunities in your community,” said Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation in a statement. Kresge is a private, $3.9 billion foundation. “We must partner with nonprofit organizations such as yours if we are to pursue our grant-making vision. You enable our work as much as we try to enable yours.”

In addition to housing offices of environmental and progressive organizations, the center will have a 180-seat theatre, an art gallery, meeting rooms and an organic restaurant. The public will be able to utilize many of the spaces and attend exhibitions, events and programs year-round, said executive director Amy Tobin.

To date, more than 80 donors have pledged gifts to center. Major contributors include Peter K. Buckley, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and the Lewis Foundation, which all donated $1 million or more to the project.

Using recycled building materials and energy-saving technologies, the center will be a model of sustainability with a photovoltaic roof, green architecture, earth-friendly retailers and organizations.



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