Green Practices

Conservation Statement

Our environmental philosophy is creative reuse of materials. Local industries have donated scrap materials, usable machinery and computers to The Crucible’s Material Reuse Warehouse, providing students with class materials rather than packing landfills.

The Crucible is NOT a drop-off center. Please check out for a center near you.

Solar Power

Since May 2006, Crucible’s 56,000 square foot studio has used the sun’s energy to generate much of the electricity we use. During the day, the solar panels absorb sunlight, creating direct current (DC) electrical power that is converted to alternating current (AC) electricity by six inverters. This power is either used by The Crucible or fed back into PG&E’s electrical distribution system.

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Die Moto, the custom-built performance diesel motorcycle that has set the world speed record for diesel motorcycles at 130.614 mph. Capable of running on diesel, biodiesel, or straight vegetable oil (SVO) fuels, Die Moto was designed and fabricated at The Crucible by a team of environmentally conscious vehicle enthusiasts, engineers and artisans.

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Solar Panels

10 Things we do at The Crucible

1. Electrical Usage
Reduce electrical grid usage with solar panels on our roof and use energy efficient lighting throughout the studio

2. Reduce, Reuse, and Compost
Repurpose discarded materials for art classes like:
• Scrap metal for Welded Sculpture
• Bottles and window glass for Art Glass
• Old electronics for Kinetics and Robotics classes

We use CASS for our metal supply and as our recycler for metal and our sawdust. We also have a compost bin for all our garden scraps.

3. Recycle and Buy Recycled
Recycle paper, cans & bottles, batteries and electronic waste from our office, studios and shop areas. Strive to print our materials locally, on recycled paper with eco-friendly inks.

4. Reusable Chic
Use biodegradable flatware (yep, made of cornstarch), plates, and supplies at our events

5. Smart Commuting
The Creation of Die-Moto, the world’s fastest bio-diesel motorycycle, to bring attention to GREEN high performance and a cleaner burning fuel.

6. People Power
Encourage use of bicycles through our bike programs and provide bike parking at events

7. Shop Responsibly
Use local food and supply vendors and support local artists. We also save desks and cabinets from old office building to use in our office and studio.

8. Save Water
We offer filtered water at our shop sink to refill water bottles.

9. Jettison Junk Mail and Go Paperless
We offer our Course Catalog and Class Schedule on-line for download, for a paperless option.

10. Green Garden
Practice water-efficient gardening with containers, drought-hardy plants and xeriscapes.

Green Resources: – Recycling Info & Centers – Green Consumer Products – For All Things Green – Appliances & Home Improvement


cass metal
CASS, our partner for recycled
metal supply and recycling.