UC Berkeley Reaches Climate Target – Two Years Ahead of Schedule

UC Berkeley Reaches Climate Target - Two Years Ahead of Schedule

Congratulations to UC Berkeley, whose campus sustainability leaders announced this month that they had successfully met their target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2014! As they completed their audit for 2012, they found that they are now 7% below 1990 levels. How did they do it? They attributed the reductions to… Read more »

FEMA Fire Plan for East Bay Hills

FEMA Fire Plan for East Bay Hills

The Ecology Center has been following and gathering information on FEMA’s controversial fire management plan for the East Bay hills. Bay Nature has published a thoughtful article about the issue. We look forward to hearing more from reporter Dan Rademacher on topics touched upon in the comments section, such as Garlon’s affects on amphibians and… Read more »

Pulling Arsenic from the Santa Fe Right-of-Way

Pulling Arsenic from the Santa Fe Right-of-Way

Several years ago, San Pablo Park neighbors organized to plant a community orchard in one of the grassy vacant lots that crosses diagonally through their neighborhood. The string of vacant lots is part of the Santa Fe Right-of-Way, an old railroad corridor that ran north-south west of Sacramento Street. Other parts of the Santa Fe… Read more »

Gill Tract in Albany Provides Fertile Ground for “Occupy the Farm”

Gill Tract in Albany Provides Fertile Ground for "Occupy the Farm"

This last weekend, in one of the more lively Earth Day activities, a group of 300 people took over the Gill Tract in Albany, and promptly began preparing the land to farm 10,000 plant starts. With banners reading “Occupy the Farm: Take Back the Tract” and “Whole food not Whole Foods,” the organizers are evolving… Read more »