Green Practices 2017-04-12T15:06:56+00:00

Green Practices

Our environmental philosophy centers on creative reuse of materials. Local industries have donated scrap, machinery, and technology to The Crucible, providing students, faculty, and staff with useful materials rather than packing landfills. The Crucible is not a drop-off center. Please visit to locate a center near you.

Ten Things We do at The Crucible to be Environmentally Responsible

1. Solar Power and Electrical Efficiency
Reduce electrical grid usage with solar panels on our roof and use energy efficient lighting throughout the studio. 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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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. Vehicle Innovation
We created Die-Moto, the world’s fastest green motorycycle, to show that using cleaner burning fuels didn’t mean sacrificing performance. Die Moto 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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6. People Power and Public Transportation
Encourage use of bicycles through our bike programs and provide bike parking at events. We encourage the community to take public transportation to The Crucible. With the West Oakland BART station conveniently across the street, many students, faculty, and staff are able to reduce automobile usage.

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. Paperless Options
We offer our Course Catalog online for download.

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

GREEN RESOURCES – Recycling info and centers – Green consumer products – For all things green – Appliances and home improvement