East Bay, it’s our turn to choose Clean Power! Alameda County Vote on CCA 8/2

East Bay, it’s our turn to choose Clean Power! Alameda County Vote on CCA 8/2
On Tuesday, August 2, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will vote on the formation of East Bay Community Energy, a community choice aggregation (CCA) program, also known as community choice energy (CCE).  Aggregate what? In this case, electricity. CCA is a wonky name for group purchasing electricity. Community choice aggregation allows local governments to… Read more »

Action Item: City of Berkeley Community Gardens Amendment

Action Item: City of Berkeley Community Gardens Amendment
On Tuesday, May 10th, a Community Garden Zoning Amendment will come before the Berkeley City Council. The Ecology Center is urging the Council to vote “yes.” If you are a fan of community gardens and would like to see more of them, we encourage you to contact your Council Member to voice your support. The… Read more »

Spare the Air? Let’s Tell BAAQMD to Spare OUR Air – Organizing Forum 4/21/16

Spare the Air? Let's Tell BAAQMD to Spare OUR Air - Organizing Forum 4/21/16
The five Bay Area refineries are poised to start importing large amounts of oil from the Canadian tar sands. Why does this matter? Tar sands are a highly polluting fossil fuel that are dangerous to transport, process, and store. Converting crude oil derived from the tar sands, called bitumen, into useable fuel takes so much… Read more »

Re-Imagining Water with James Rojas of PLACE IT!

Re-Imagining Water with James Rojas of PLACE IT!
Meditation centers. Daylighted creeks. Purple pipes flowing with clean, free water. Trees, wildlife, fish, and a bird island. Pedestrian and bicycle bridges. Green roofs. Greywater systems. Permeable surfaces. Drinking fountains (to encourage drinking water, not soda). Tiny houses. Solar panels. What do these concepts have in common? These are just some of the solutions that… Read more »

Changemakers for Climate, 2/3/16

Changemakers for Climate, 2/3/16
Whether you’ve never attended a public meeting or you are already deep in the trenches, this monthly brief will get you up to speed on Bay Area climate campaigns and next steps for action. Issues include Crude by Rail, Bay Area Coal Exports, BAAQMD Refinery Rules, and Community Choice Energy. These targeted campaigns have impacts… Read more »