Infrastructure tours around California’s Bay Area

Recommended tours & events

Tours, by organization

PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric Company)

SFPUC (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission)


EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District)

Events by AIA SF (American Institute of Architects)

Events by APA Northern California (American Planning Association)

Events by USGBC Northern California (US Green Building Council)

Events by SPUR (SF Bay Area Planning & Urban Research Association)

Events by ULI SF (Urban Land Institute)

Tours thru CA Energy

CA ISO control center (California Independent System Operator). As the only independent grid operator in the western U.S., the ISO grants equal access to 26,000 circuit miles of transmission lines and coordinates competing and diverse energy resources into the grid where it is distributed to consumers.

University infrastructure & research

UC Berkeley

  • LBNL (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science.
  • Cogeneration plant (instead of tour links, see these links from the late 1990s)


  • SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is one of 10 Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science laboratories and is operated by Stanford University on behalf of the DOE.
  • Stanford Central Energy Facility tour Stanford’s electrically-powered heat recovery system

Commercial buildings

Want to tour a commercial building? Get in touch with the building’s Facilities Manager (FM) to schedule a visit on your own

Annual events

Past events (that seem worth a revival…)

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