Getting to Net Zero

outdoor exploratorium color

Often when a museum adds an addition or undergoes renovations, the result can end up as a larger, less energy efficient conglomerate than before. But with its new building, San Francisco’s Exploratorium is going even greener, making it the country’s largest net-zero museum. In its move to Piers 15 and 17 along the Embarcadero, the building itself will serve as an interactive exhibit, showing off its Bay water heating and cooling system, rainwater collection, and 1.3 megawatt solar system. In the spirit of the museum’s mission to create exploratory, interactive experiences, its redesign educates visitors on green, efficient design.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading


There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.


Oh yes, the planet is sublime!


I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)



Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.



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