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 »

Weirauch Creamery Farm Visit

Weirauch Creamery Farm Visit
Farmers’ Market vendors Joel and Carleen Weirauch are best known for their small-batch sheep cheese, but their farmstead creamery brings more than cheese to table. With an emphasis on community, humane animal husbandry practices, and sustainable agriculture Weirauch Farm exemplifies the quality and care found only at your local farmers’ markets. Joel studied mycology at… 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 »

Press Release: Berkeley Legislation Aims to Curb Use of Disposable Foodware

Press Release: Berkeley Legislation Aims to Curb Use of Disposable Foodware
[Berkeley, CA] The Berkeley City Council will soon consider the Disposable Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance, the most ambitious and comprehensive piece of municipal legislation in the US aimed at reducing single-use disposable foodware.  The “Disposable-Free Dining” ordinance will get its first hearing at the April 24 Berkeley City Council Meeting. At 3pm that same… Read more »