We’re for a Healthy and Just Future, We’re for the Healthy Child Initiative

We're for a Healthy and Just Future, We're for the Healthy Child Initiative

The Healthy Child Initiative is a campaign to put a sugar-sweetened beverage tax on the November 2014 ballot. At a packed meeting on Tuesday, City Council unanimously approved taking the first step for it to be included on the ballot, by including it in a community poll of potential ballot measures. If passed, Berkeley would… Read more »

Martin Bourque Weighs in on the Dark Side of New Coffee Pods

Martin Bourque Weighs in on the Dark Side of New Coffee Pods

The East Bay Express this past week published “Waste: The Dark Side of the New Coffee Craze.” The article looks at the newest coffee innovation, single-cup brewing. With servings pre-packaged in individual pods, it’s a new method of brewing that is touted as “no mess, no fuss.” But that convenience can come at a cost,… Read more »

CALPIRG Launches Statewide Bag Ban Campaign

CALPIRG Launches Statewide Bag Ban Campaign

After a victory earlier this year with the successful passing of a county-wide bag ban, organizers at CALPIRG are focusing their efforts on a statewide campaign. The Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, was at the press conference announcing the campaign, which is focusing on the impact the twelve billion bags used annually in California… Read more »

The Economics of Happiness Conference This Weekend, March 23-25

The Economics of Happiness Conference This Weekend, March 23-25

Attendees of this weekends’ conference will have the chance to sit in on a workshop lead by the Ecology Center’s Executive Director Martin Bourque along with Annie Leonard from the Story of Stuff. Join the discussion on Rewriting the Story of Stuff: “From extraction to production, use and disposal, all the stuff in our … Read more »

Should Berkeley Collect more Plastics for Recycling? Perspective from the Ecology Center and CCC

Should Berkeley Collect more Plastics for Recycling? Perspective from the Ecology Center and CCC

Last November, Nate Seltenrich wrote an article in the East Bay Express that delved into Berkeley’s resistance to collecting more plastics for recycling. He wrote, “… For more than a decade, Berkeley’s approach to plastics has hinged on urging residents to cut down on use rather than expanding the amount the city recycles. But waste… Read more »