Berkeley High Freshmen Start School Year with Free Water Bottles Thanks to Soda Tax

Berkeley High Freshmen Start School Year with Free Water Bottles Thanks to Soda Tax
[Press Release]  As classes start this week, 700 students entering Berkeley High are going to school with free, stainless steel, reusable water bottles. Made by the Chico-based company Klean Kanteen, the water bottles were distributed at freshman orientation by Youth Scholars from the Ecology Center’s Youth Environmental Academy. This water bottle giveaway was funded by… Read more »

New Local Soda Taxes Poised to Go to Voters in SF, Oakland, and Albany

New Local Soda Taxes Poised to Go to Voters in SF, Oakland, and Albany
You probably remember the successful soda tax in Berkeley during the 2014 election. That same election year, there was a proposed San Francisco soda tax that failed to pass. Now, two years later, that could change as Berkeley’s neighboring cities are taking steps to increase health awareness by proposing their own taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages… Read more »

Watch New Short Film: Berkeley Vs. Big Soda

Watch New Short Film: Berkeley Vs. Big Soda
On March 28th, 2016 the Ecology Center released “Berkeley vs. Big Soda,” a short film that tells the story of how a community fought the powerful beverage industry to pass a tax on the distribution of sugary beverages. The movie features campaign footage and is told by the diverse coalition members that coalesced to support… Read more »

For Black Lives, Healthy Food Access Matters

For Black Lives, Healthy Food Access Matters
From the Superbowl to the Oscars, this past month activists and celebrities have refused to be silent about racial inequality, using social media campaigns – #BlackLivesMatter, #OscarsSoWhite – to amplify the message that the status quo is unacceptable in 2016. The Oscars held up a mirror to the persistent race-based lack of opportunity. Black Lives… Read more »

Ecology Center Hosts Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Tour of Local Food Justice Movement

Ecology Center Hosts Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Tour of Local Food Justice Movement
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation hosted their national public health conference in Oakland last month, and reached out to the Ecology Center to host a tour to visit local food justice sites. Ecology Center’s Executive Director, Martin Bourque, led participants through an overview of the rich history of food justice and school & community gardens… Read more »