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 »

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 »

Drive Electric on a Budget

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 »