Plastics vs. Planet: Upcoming Global Plastics Treaty Negotiations

Plastics vs. Planet: Upcoming Global Plastics Treaty Negotiations
The Ecology Center has a decades-long record of battling disposable plastic packaging. From the nation’s first styrofoam foodware ban (1988) to the  Report of the Berkeley Plastics Task Force (1996), to Berkeley’s Disposable Foodware Reduction Ordinance (2019), the Ecology Center has led the way for our community, the environment, and the nation.  We have locked… Read more »

2023 Community Impact Report

2023 Community Impact Report
This spring, we’re digging deep into our mission with fresh enthusiasm and determination. But before we lose sight of 2023 and the hard work that got us here, we are excited to release our 2023 Community Impact Report. This report encapsulates the significant strides we took in the past year to address the pressing environmental… Read more »

Love Linda Vista Farmers Market, Ecology Center’s partner in San Diego, Makes Strides to Keep Market Match and Fresh Food Access

Love Linda Vista Farmers Market, Ecology Center’s partner in San Diego, Makes Strides to Keep Market Match and Fresh Food Access
The neighborhood of Linda Vista in San Diego almost lost the Market Match program, a federal and state-funded grant program led by the Ecology Center that provides a dollar-for-dollar match on CalFresh/SNAP spending at participating CA farmers’ markets. Market Match–a safety net program meeting the growing needs of low income Californians during and post-pandemic–led to… Read more »

From Lunar New Year to Valentine’s Day, here are a list of products at the Berkeley Farmers’ Markets to make your celebrations shine

From Lunar New Year to Valentine's Day, here are a list of products at the Berkeley Farmers' Markets to make your celebrations shine
With Lunar New Year, Super Bowl Sunday, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day all taking place over the next week this February, there’s a lot to celebrate! Whether you’re observing all or just one of them, here’s a quick list of items you can find at our markets this week to take your festivities to the… Read more »

Against All Odds—Could a Global Plastic Treaty Be a Reality in 2024?

Against All Odds—Could a Global Plastic Treaty Be a Reality in 2024?
An Interview with Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque on the United Nations Plastic Treaty meetings in Nairobi, Kenya, November 13–19, 2023 This past November, Ecology Center Executive Director Martin Bourque returned from the United Nations Environmental Programme Plastic Treaty meetings in Nairobi, Kenya with the latest news in the global fight to end plastic… Read more »