Berkeley Collects First Month of Soda Tax, Projects $1.2 Million per Year

Berkeley Collects First Month of Soda Tax, Projects $1.2 Million per Year
[Press Release] The City of Berkeley announced yesterday that it collected $116,000 for the month of March from Measure D, the sugar-sweetened beverage tax that voters passed overwhelmingly last November. Given that the tax focused solely on a few dozen major distributors, the City estimates annualized receipts of at least $1.2 million. “The implementation has… Read more »

EcoHouse Demonstrates Creative Ways to Save Water in East Bay Express Sustainability Issue

EcoHouse Demonstrates Creative Ways to Save Water in East Bay Express Sustainability Issue
The EcoHouse is featured at a news stand near you! We were thrilled that the East Bay Express scoped out features there to inform their article on water conservation. Our staffer Carrie Bennett talked to them about the obvious features like the laundry-to-landscape greywater and rainwater catchment systems. She also shared the less obvious ways… Read more »

Our Guide to Greywater Cleaning Products Picked Up by Sunset Magazine’s Blog

Our Guide to Greywater Cleaning Products Picked Up by Sunset Magazine's Blog
One good thing about the drought: people are getting serious about conserving water. Greywater, a method of reusing water from laundry, shower, or bathroom sinks for garden irrigation, is getting a well-deserved closer look. Our events on the topic have brought full crowds, and just this week, multiple reporters have been contacting us to run… Read more »

Ecology Center Awarded $3.7 Million Grant from USDA to Expand Statewide Program That Supports Farmers & Feeds Families

Ecology Center Awarded $3.7 Million Grant from USDA to Expand  Statewide Program That Supports Farmers & Feeds Families
[Press Release] Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the Ecology Center in Berkeley, California will receive one of the USDA’s first ever Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants, totaling $3.7 million over two years. The grant will help to expand Market Match, California’s healthy food incentive program to additional farmers’ markets and other outlets… Read more »

New California Law Elevates Farmers’ Markets – Part of Behind-the-Scenes Work of the Ecology Center

New California Law Elevates Farmers' Markets - Part of Behind-the-Scenes Work of the Ecology Center
The Ecology Center’s weekly farmers’ markets are how we got our start building an alternative food system. Recently, our work in that realm has expanded, but less visibly to our local supporters and farmers’ market customers. That’s because we’re working behind the scenes statewide with other farmers’ market managers and partners, to replicate programs that… Read more »