Spring-into-Summer: Drought Strategies from the Ecology Center’s Help Desk

Spring-into-Summer: Drought Strategies from the Ecology Center's Help Desk
We’re getting a little taste of summer this week, and the driest, hottest part of the year is yet to come. With our changing climate bringing more dry years than wet years to California, 2014 requires a new normal. Can a shared effort to cut water-use in an extreme drought year set us up to … Read more »

Go Bug-Free and Healthy with Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Bug Repellents

Go Bug-Free and Healthy with Environmental Working Group's Guide to Bug Repellents
Staff at our Info Desk recommend the Environmental Working Group’s resources for providing accurate information on healthy choices for products and foods. EWG’s latest resource is a guide on bug repellents, to help adults, kids and pregnant women find the most effective and least toxic choice to avoid mosquitos and ticks. The first step for… Read more »

Today at the Farmers’ Market: Plastic-Free Crafting and Info Swap!

Today at the Farmers' Market: Plastic-Free Crafting and Info Swap!
Our Breaking the Chains of Plastic event series is continuing with a hands-on event at the Farmers’ Market today. Come down to Adeline and 63rd for new, creative tools for living plastic-free! This afternoon is devoted to both DIY and information sharing that you can use to replace the plastics in your life with healthier… Read more »

Have You Noticed? Bag Ban Is in Effect

Have You Noticed? Bag Ban Is in Effect
The Alameda County Bag Ban got off to a start this month, and food stores from corner bodegas to Walmart have all had to comply. We’re supportive of the ban for multiple reasons: it prevents raw resources from going into a throw-away product, it keeps plastic litter out of our streets and waterways, and the… Read more »

Ask the Info Desk: Least-Toxic Ant Control

Ask the Info Desk: Least-Toxic Ant Control
Ant season is in full swing, and our Info Desk has been fielding a lot of questions on how to deal with these unwelcome home invaders. If you don’t have ants, it is likely someone you know does, so feel free to share the resources we have available. During the rainy season, the small black… Read more »