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 »

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 »

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 »

Thirsty Thursdays Return to the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Thirsty Thursdays Return to the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market
  Thirsty Thursdays at the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market brings local wine, craft beer, food, live entertainment, interactive activities, local business participation, artisan and nonprofit vendors, and more to the The Ecology Center Farmers’ Market every Thursday (October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9) from 3pm to 7pm. As a family-friendly gathering place, Thirsty Thursdays… Read more »

North Berkeley Farmers’ Market Lifts All-Organic Rule to Boost Inclusivity and Variety

avocadoes, lemons, and oranges for sale at the Berkeley Farmers' Market
  In an intriguing and exciting development, the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market plans to broaden its product selection and help foster small vendor inclusivity by removing its all-organic certified vendor requirement. The decision to lift the all-organic certification mandate for agricultural vendors at the North Berkeley market comes as a response to challenges surrounding product… Read more »