Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers’ Market Near You

Market Match: Our Big Win for Low-Income Shoppers Is Happening at a Farmers' Market Near You
Market Match is up and running at our three weekly farmers’ markets. This means that CalFresh recipients can come to the farmers’ markets to spend their benefits and get them matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $10 per visit, to spend on fruits and vegetables. Visit FMFinder.org to find a farmers’ market near you that accepts EBT,… Read more »

Plastic Is Getting Drastic with Capt. Charles Moore, 6/23/15

Plastic Is Getting Drastic with Capt. Charles Moore, 6/23/15
Join the Ecology Center and Clean Water Action for an evening with Captain Charles Moore who will present his latest research on the North Pacific Gyre, home of the fastest-growing swirling vortex of plastic trash. After 15 years of voyages into the North Pacific Gyre, Captain Moore returns from his 2014 voyage with disturbing news… Read more »

East Bay Express’s Local Economy Issue Highlights Local Energy Program for Alameda County

East Bay Express's Local Economy Issue Highlights Local Energy Program for Alameda County
East Bay Express has featured a game-changing energy initiative for their Local Economy issue this week: Alameda County’s plan to create its own renewable energy supply to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs empower local governments to source their own power supply for customers within their area, while… Read more »

First Wave of Soda Tax Dollars Goes Toward Public School Garden Program

First Wave of Soda Tax Dollars Goes Toward Public School Garden Program
Last week, community members gathered at the Ecology Center to hear updates about revenue from the soda tax, and how that money is being used to support Berkeley’s public school gardening program. The soda tax, which drew in $116,000 from its first month, is projected to add $1.2 million annually to the City’s general fund.… Read more »

Tiny But Toxic Microbeads Could Soon Be Banned in California!

Tiny But Toxic Microbeads Could Soon Be Banned in California!
Our friends at the Story of Stuff have been busy battling a tiny but toxic threat: plastic beads that are used in cosmetic products like face washes, scrubs, even toothpaste. After they head down our shower and sink drains, these little bits of plastic are too small for water treatment plants to capture, so they… Read more »