Emeryville's Public Market Showcases Eco-Friendly Remodel
Emeryville's Public Market is celebrating an eco-friendly remodeling, with interactive exhibits that show off its new features. The site received a LEED platinum certification for neighborhood development for remediation work on what was once a toxic “brownfield,” as well as emphasizing sustainable operations, using recycled materials, installing a rain garden to filter runoff before it enters the Bay, and emphasizing public transportation and biking facilities.
An Exploratorium “explainer” is on hand, using a large glass wheel to show how Bay sediment would be affected by currents. They are explaining that some sediments fall faster because of the different densities, which is why the wheel separates into all different colors.
"We want these experiences to be haunting, we want them to have some residual," Lani says. "We call them an animated aftermath. This notion that there’s a vibrancy now that might not have been before, and you take that with you."
It might seem strange to bring science to a mall, but this one is a pioneer in sustainability. It's the first partnership between the Exploratorium museum and a private partner, a trend the museum hopes to develop. The displays at Public Market are also the first Exploratorium exhibits in the East Bay.