Berkeley Declares July Plastic Free – Responding to Urgent Need to Reduce Plastics

Berkeley Declares July Plastic Free - Responding to Urgent Need to Reduce Plastics
At City Council meeting on July 25, the City of Berkeley declared July Plastic Free Month. The Ecology Center has advocated and led events for Plastic Free July for several years, as part of a growing, international effort to reduce plastic. We strongly support and commend the city for being a pioneer in addressing the… Read more »

Action Item: City of Berkeley Community Gardens Amendment

Action Item: City of Berkeley Community Gardens Amendment
On Tuesday, May 10th, a Community Garden Zoning Amendment will come before the Berkeley City Council. The Ecology Center is urging the Council to vote “yes.” If you are a fan of community gardens and would like to see more of them, we encourage you to contact your Council Member to voice your support. The… Read more »

Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot

Update: City Council Votes Unanimously to Place Soda Tax on Berkeley Ballot
On Tuesday July 1, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously and enthusiastically to place a soda tax measure on the November 2014 ballot. If voters approve the measure in November, Berkeley would be the first US city to tax sugar-sweetened drinks. BeyondChron published an article busting the beverage industry’s myth that a soda tax is… Read more »

Come to City Council Meeting 5/6/14 to Support Urban Ag in Berkeley

Come to City Council Meeting 5/6/14 to Support Urban Ag in Berkeley
Please come to the Berkeley City Council meeting Tuesday, May 6th at 8pm to voice your support on two key measures under consideration. Both are crucial to driving the expansion and promotion of urban agriculture within Berkeley: 1. The City is considering a Parks Bond for the November ballot. The Council will set spending caps… Read more »

Tonight! Keep Dangerous Fracked Oil Out of Berkeley

Tonight! Keep Dangerous Fracked Oil Out of Berkeley
Oil companies in the Bay Area have proposed plans to move explosive fracked crude oil through major Bay Area cities, using the same tracks as Amtrak’s passenger rail line. This move puts all the cities along the path of this rail route at risk, including Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland and San Jose. This region has a… Read more »