Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot

Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot
On Tuesday July 1, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously and enthusiastically to place a soda tax measure on the November 2014 ballot. If voters approve the measure in November, Berkeley would be the first US city to tax sugar-sweetened drinks. BeyondChron published an article busting the beverage industry’s myth that a soda tax is… Read more »

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 »