Press Release: Berkeley Farm Stand Debuts at New Downtown Berkeley Plaza

Press Release: Berkeley Farm Stand Debuts at New Downtown Berkeley Plaza
[Berkeley, CA] Starting October 22nd, the Ecology Center will operate a farm stand at the new BART Plaza in downtown Berkeley, offering fresh produce to the public year round, Monday through Friday, from 3:00 -7:00 pm. The Berkeley Farm Stand’s mission is to provide healthy, affordable, locally-grown food to those who work and live in… Read more »

Ask the EcoTeam: My New Carpet is Off-Gassing!

Ask the EcoTeam: My New Carpet is Off-Gassing!
Fall 2018 Update: The original version of this post, first published in 2010, has been one of the most popular pages on our site for almost a decade. We’re updating it now with some new information, but perhaps the most important update is that there isn’t much new information out there. After months of researching Read more »

What I Did for Plastic-Free July & How to Break Free from Plastic All Year

What I Did for Plastic-Free July & How to Break Free from Plastic All Year
 Nizam Porter was recently promoted to Youth Program Assistant at the Ecology Center. A Berkeley native, Nizam is passionate about building a strong, healthy, and conscious community. Here’s his reflection and photos from the Shoreline Cleanup he joined for Plastic-Free July. Get inspired and check out our next cleanup, September 11 at the South Berkeley Read more »

Top 5 Wins in the Senate Farm Bill

Top 5 Wins in the Senate Farm Bill
We previously wrote about the disastrous House version of the 2018 Farm Bill, here, which was passed along party lines earlier last month. Subsequently, the Senate has displayed a refreshing sense of bipartisan value, passing a Farm Bill that benefits farmers, the environment, and low-income Americans. Here’s what we love in the Senate’s Farm Bill:… Read more »

It’s time to reduce plastics and return to reality-based recycling

It's time to reduce plastics and return to reality-based recycling
The Ecology Center began one of the nation’s first curbside recycling programs, on the heels of the first Earth Day. As operators of that same recycling program through the decades, we have had a front-row seat to the recycling industry’s complex evolution. In those early days, we fought to be taken seriously and to demonstrate… Read more »