Ecology Center’s Recycling Director, Daniel Maher, Faces Unjust Deportation

Ecology Center's Recycling Director, Daniel Maher, Faces Unjust Deportation
The US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized the Ecology Center’s Recycling Director, Daniel Maher, and is detaining him indefinitely under the threat of immediate deportation to China. Daniel has been an integral part of the Ecology Center for almost a decade, leading Berkeley’s curbside recycling program. Daniel immigrated from Macau when he was… Read more »

Update on North Berkeley Farmers’ Market Relocation

Update on North Berkeley Farmers' Market Relocation
City staff has decided that the North Shattuck Farmers’ Market can no longer remain in its current location. In order for us to continue operating the market, we must move it to the frontage road alongside CVS. The reasons that City staff cites for the move are “ADA, retail impact or related safety and liability… Read more »

Plastic-Free July: Events & Actions for Body, Home, and Planet

Plastic-Free July: Events & Actions for Body, Home, and Planet
This July, the Ecology Center, along with an array of cosponsors, will be hosting Plastic-Free July, a series of events for community members to learn, take action, get tips on reducing plastic waste, and connect with others who are concerned about the global problem of plastic pollution. Plastic-Free July is an annual event that began… Read more »

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 »

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 »