Here’s what’s inspiring us to think big for 2015:
- 1. We helped pass Measure D, doing what we always do: convening, creating content-rich events, engaging the community, and changing the environment so it supports health, justice, and resilience.
- 2. Market Match expanded to 153 farmers’ markets in California, creating 46,412 purchases of affordable fruits and vegetables by food stamp recipients, and generating revenue for small farmers.
- 3. Our 3 weekly farmers’ markets supported 375,412 shopping trips, adding 10 million dollars to the local economy.
- 4. We convened and facilitated the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition (BCAC), the Berkeley Food Policy Council, and the California Alliance of Farmers’ Markets (the Alliance), bringing together a wide range of people and groups to pursue common goals…
- 5. These coalitions worked together for important policy wins: the Alliance helped pass AB 1871, to raise the bar for integrity at California farmers’ markets, and a BCAC working group helped defeat AB 2145, which would have killed community choice energy programs.
- 6. We shepherded our first cohort of Youth interns through our environmental academy, giving them on-the-job experience and leading them into deeper knowledge of environmental topics.
- 7. We hosted and sponsored over 85 free or low-cost classes, workshops, and events for the community, including Soda: the Series and Plastic-Free July.
- 8. Our hotline and help desk fielded 1500 inquiries from the public on a wide range of issues, and our helpful fact sheets were accessed by 33,000 people around the world.
- 9. Our curbside recycling crew picked up 8400 tons of recyclables, every day moving the City of Berkeley toward zero waste.
- 10. Our organization spread the word about innovative programs wider than ever before, making it into 10 national publications.
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