Privacy Policy is committed to maintaining the privacy of those who visit our website. The Ecology Center is the nonprofit that maintains and is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. The Ecology Center will never sell, rent, or share the information collected on this website to any other organizations for any purpose.

All Visitors to

For the purpose of quantifying traffic to and improving our service and content, the Ecology Center collects:

  • the IP addresses (but not email addresses) of visitors to
  • aggregate (not individual) information on what pages of visitors access

FM Finder Page

Private information is not collected when visitors use the Farmers’ Market Finder. All distance calculations are done on the user’s computer. Address information is sent and users are redirected to google maps when the user requests driving directions.

Donation Page

To process a charitable contribution to, it is necessary for the Ecology Center to gather the donor’s name, email address, mailing address, phone, and credit card information. This data is used to verify identity and execute the financial transaction. Additionally, phone number and email address information may be used to contact visitors if there is a problem with the transaction. The Ecology Center uses service providers (such as merchant banks and ecommerce integrators) for the express purpose of conducting financial transactions. Personal information is kept private and secure and is not sold, rented, or traded to third parties. It is important to note that credit card numbers are used only at the time of the transaction, and are not stored following the conclusion of the transaction.

Resources Page provides links to other web sites on the “Resources” page. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. Site visitors are encouraged to be aware when they leave and to read the privacy statements of all other web sites that collect personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to

Blog Page

Visitors that choose to post comments to the blog will be asked for their name, email address, and website (if they have one). This information is used exclusively for the purposes of 1) allowing moderators to purge the blog comments of abusive or inappropriate comments and 2) allowing blog users to log in quicker when they post comments in the future.

Policy Changes and the Ecology Center reserve the right to modify or correct any errors or omissions in any portion of this website. In the future, if our information practices change, we will post the policy changes to our website to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses. It is highly unlikely that our privacy policy will change; the Ecology Center has maintained a very strict privacy policy regarding contact information for decades.

Electronic Newsletters

If a site visitor chooses to subscribe to the Ecology Center’s electronic newsletter, EcoCalendar, or Farmers’ Market newsletter through the sign-up forms on our site or while making a donation, the Ecology Center requests contact information such as name, email address, and zip code.

Contact Us

For questions regarding this policy statement, the practices of this site, or changes to your contact information, please contact the Program Director at 510-548-2220
x222 or 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 94702.

Terms and Conditions: User Conduct

You agree to abide by all applicable local, state, national and international laws and regulations regarding your use of this website and our services.

Credit Card Use

You agree that you are an authorized user of any credit card that you supply to us, and you understand and agree that we have an obligation to fully investigate any possible fraudulent credit card use.

Refund Policy will issue refunds of donations at our sole discretion. Requests for refunds must be made in writing via email to leah [at] ecologycenter [dot] org or letter sent to Communications Coordinator, Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 95702. The letter must contain the contact person’s name, local phone number and address; the date of the donation and method used; and the reason for requesting a refund on a charitable donation.