It’s Official! CA SB 54—California’s Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act—is California Law

It's Official! CA SB 54—California’s Plastic Pollution Prevention and Packaging Producer Responsibility Act—is California Law
Yesterday SB 54 was signed into law establishing one of the world’s largest Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs. The law has a special focus on reducing plastic waste and its harm to communities and the environment. This bill is also among the most far-reaching in its control over the plastic packaging industry. “As the nation’s… Read more »

Ecology Center Community Forum: City of Berkeley Infrastructure Bond Measure

Ecology Center Community Forum: City of Berkeley Infrastructure Bond Measure
Join this open community forum to provide feedback to the City of Berkeley on a possible infrastructure focused revenue bond measure. Hear from Scott Ferris, Director of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department and Liam Garland, Director of Public Works, to discuss infrastructure resilience priorities for a possible infrastructure focused revenue measure on the November 2022 ballot. Learn more about the "Vision 2050" measure during an informative presentation followed by an open dialogue and live Q&A opportunity to express your interests and priorities. Spaces are limited. RSVP to save your virtual seat at this discussion. For more information or questions: WWilliams@cityofberkeley.info

Biden Turns Up the Heat to Lower Global Warming: Key Takeaways of Biden’s Action Plan for the Climate Crisis

Biden Turns Up the Heat to Lower Global Warming: Key Takeaways of Biden’s Action Plan for the Climate Crisis
Photo Credit: Doug Mills, New York Times On his first full day in office President Biden recommitted the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, promptly halted the Keystone Pipeline, and ordered a review and reinstatement of over one hundred environmental regulations the prior administration weakened or set aside. Within his first week, Biden kicked… 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 »

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 »