Ask Our Help Desk: Are bioplastics and biodegradable plastics really better?

Ask Our Help Desk: Are bioplastics and biodegradable plastics really better?
How do you know if the ‘green’ disposable plastic products you buy–marked bioplastic, biodegradable, compostable, or bioplastic–are actually safe for our planet and our health? It’s confusing for well-intentioned people. We’re here to help. Plastic is made of artificially created chemicals “that don’t belong in our world and don’t mix well with nature.” After we… Read more »

Board Member Elisa Batista: Climate Change Is Here, Now, Affecting Us Intensely

Board Member Elisa Batista: Climate Change Is Here, Now, Affecting Us Intensely
My name is Elisa Batista, and I am a proud board member of the Ecology Center. As a mom, I care about the kind of future we are creating. I want to make sure that our environment is healthy and resilient for generations to come. I can also tell you that climate change is not… Read more »

Updated for 2017: Drive Electric on a Budget

Updated for 2017: Drive Electric on a Budget
Electric vehicles (EVs) are more affordable than ever. With competitive prices, rebates, discounts, and low fueling and maintenance costs, EVs are a great choice for the environment and your budget. Over 83,000 EVs are registered to Bay Area drivers, and California’s moderate climate optimizes their range. You can also view this as a PDF here.… Read more »

Statement on Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals, and a Just Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Statement on Fossil Fuels, Petrochemicals, and a Just Recovery from Hurricane Harvey
We, the undersigned organizations stand in support and solidarity with the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey and the hazardous chemical releases that followed. While the full extent of the damage to these communities will not be known for weeks or months, one troubling trend is clear: the dense concentration of oil, gas, and… Read more »

Rooted In Community: Youth Leaders Report Back

Rooted In Community: Youth Leaders Report Back
The Rooted in Community National Youth Leadership Summit is a conference for high school aged young people involved in the food justice movement. Every summer, the summit attracts over 100 young people from throughout the United States and Canada. Youth from across the country convene for five days to cultivate grassroots leadership, and strengthen the… Read more »