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  • Plastic-Free July | Ecology Center
    a reply From Here to China Secrets of Plastic Recycling August 7 2015 by Ecology Center We hosted a panel event as part of Plastic Free July that asked why do we send so much of our plastic waste to China for recycling What actually happens to it once it s there Why don t we handle our own plastic waste With its Green Fence policy China has become choosier about the plastic waste Read more Posted in Blog Featured Tagged audio recording China plastic free Plastic Free July Zero Waste Leave a reply Plastic Free July Show Tell Solutions Share Picnic 8 1 15 July 29 2015 by Ecology Center Get together with Beth Terry and Ecology Center staff this Saturday at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market for a casual picnic for Plastic Free July Bring any disposable plastic items you collected during Plastic Free July What were the hardest items or categories to reduce your plastic consumption of Share challenges and successes and help others reduce Read more Posted in Blog Tagged Beth Terry Ecology Center Farmers Market event Plastic Free July Zero Waste Leave a reply From Here to China Secrets of the Plastic Recycling Industry 7 30 15 July 24 2015 by Ecology Center Why do we send so much of our plastic waste to China for recycling What actually happens to it once it s there Why don t we handle our own plastic waste With its Green Fence policy China has become choosier about the plastic waste it accepts while US residents are creating more plastic waste than ever Read more Posted in Blog Tagged China Ecology Center event event green fence plastic recycling Plastic Free July Leave a reply Why Is there Plastic in this Soap July 22 2015 by Ecology Center Microbeads

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  • Re-Imagining Water with James Rojas of PLACE IT! | Ecology Center
    Drinking fountains to encourage drinking water not soda Tiny houses Solar panels What do these concepts have in common These are just some of the solutions that members of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition created from found objects as we designed water wise communities at the Re Imagining Water Convening on March 16th James Rojas urban planner community activist and artist behind PLACE IT inspired and led our creative endeavors James has developed an innovative public engagement and community visioning method that uses art making to inspire people from all walks to participate in city planning He has led thousands of people in hundreds of workshops all over the world empowering the public on issues such as transportation housing open space and health Thank you James for coming to Berkeley to re imagine water with us Want to help make these water wise visions a reality Join the Water Working Group participants take on projects for water use that will help the City of Berkeley meet its climate goals and be prepared for future water needs Email rebecca ecologycenter org to get involved Photo courtesy of James Rojas This entry was posted in Blog Climate Featured and tagged berkeley climate Action climate drought water by Ecology Center Bookmark the permalink Return to Blog One thought on Re Imagining Water with James Rojas of PLACE IT James Rojas on March 19 2016 at 8 03 am said I believe the only way we will save the environment is by us abandoning our cars and computers but this is not going to happen The next best thing is to remind us the important role nature played in shaping our childhoods By reliving these childhood memories we can once again appreciate the beauty curiosity complexity and power of nature Reply Leave a Reply

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  • Last Chance to Speak Up to Protect Rooftop Solar for all Californians | Ecology Center
    the hard work of many activists including our friends at 350 Bay Area the CPUC is poised to enact a decision on net metering that would maintain the policies on rooftop solar that have made California a clean energy leader over the past few years But now our major utilities are pulling out all the stops lobbying the PUC to weaken the final decision The outcome will have major implications for health and well being in our own communities and other states that are looking to California as a solar leader They will vote on the future of net metering at their meeting on Jan 28th Here s how you can take action and help protect rooftop solar Send a letter to the CPUC asking them to adopt the proposed decision and keep California moving forward as a clean energy leader Attend the CPUC meeting for the final hearing on this issue and support solar rights for all Californians DETAILS January 28 2016 at 9 30am 12 30pm at CPUC Auditorium 505 Van Ness San Francisco CONTACT Amy Allen amyallen alumni stanford edu You can RSVP and learn more about this action here We encourage you to take the opportunity to speak during public comment but showing up at the meeting and being visible has a big impact too For more background on the proposed decision read this article from the Los Angeles Times or this piece from KCET Photo credit Michael Coghlin on Flickr This entry was posted in Blog and tagged 350 Bay Area Clean Energy climate climate action CPUC net metering rooftop solar by Ecology Center Bookmark the permalink Return to Blog Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Inspiring and building a sustainable

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  • Community Choice Energy | Ecology Center
    Choice Energy Community Choice Energy allows cities and counties to pool the electric load of their residents and businesses and purchase electricity on their behalf Ultimately this gives communities the power to decide where their energy comes from and to purchase clean energy from renewable sources ideally produced locally Alameda County is currently in the process of conducting a feasibility study the first step towards creating a viable program Community Choice programs in California are already serving residents in Sonoma County Marin County unincorporated Napa County and the cities of Lancaster Benicia El Cerrito Richmond and San Pablo From northern to southern California Community Choice campaigns are underway in over 15 communities including San Francisco San Mateo Santa Clara Santa Cruz Monterey San Luis Obispo Santa Barbara Los Angeles and San Diego among others Subscribe to our mailing list indicates required Email Address First Name Last Name Learn More Click here to download a 2 page PDF brochure on Community Choice Energy for Berkeley residents and businesses Click here for a Spanish version To learn more about how a Community Choice Energy program could work in Alameda County check out East Bay Community Choice Energy from Concept to Implementation To learn more about other Community Choice programs and campaigns in California visit Local Energy Aggregation Network LEAN To learn more about Alameda County s Community Choice program visit their website Contact Us Email us at berkeleycommunitychoice gmail com BACK TO BERKELEY CLIMATE ACTION COALITION Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts The Ecology Center will never sell or share your contact information Email Address First Name Last Name Get Email Updates By submitting this form

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/climatecoalition/community-choice-energy/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Best Selling Books | Ecology Center
    highly recommend the following titles and usually have them in stock Call us at 510 548 3402 to verify availability and ask about other titles we may have Ecology Center members get 20 off all non sale books Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Peirce An indispensible guide to food gardening in the Bay Area Vegetable Gardener s Guide to Permaculture by Christopher Shein An introduction to permaculture for those interested in creating a productive edible garden Art of Fermintation by Sandor Ellix Katz How to ferment yogurt kimchi kombucha and other live culture foods The Water Wise Home by Laura Allen How to conserve capture and reuse water in your home and landscape Urban Homesteading by Rachel Kaplan A gorgeously illustrated handbook on DIY and sustainable living in urban neighborhoods Create an Oasis with Greywater by Art Ludwig The standard book on building and using greywater systems in the landscape Bay Area Forager by Mia Ander and Kevin Feinstein A handy guide for finding and identifying common and wild edible plants in the Bay Area Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof The classic book on composting kitchen waste with worms Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry Farm fresh African Caribbean and Southern flavors remixed by a local chef Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert A fun bright and yummy look at food and letters for the youngest of readers and eaters Mollie Katzen s Recipes Soups by Mollie Katzen Classic soup recipes in a convenient easel format A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara Radical alphabet board book for children and adults by a local artist and activist Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/store/books/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Store Product Policy | Ecology Center
    bear in mind when selecting which products to offer We consider whether a particular product is good for the environment or better than conventional alternatives made from sustainable organically grown or recycled materials affordable and durable reusable repairable biodegradable or compostable compatible with sustainable practices or resource conservation reflective of multicultural values produced locally We generally avoid products that are packaged in non reusable non recyclable or excessive packaging made from substances that are harmful to the environment the end user or the workers who produce it disposable if there is a good reusable alternative made from plastic or other products that are derived from petroleum made from genetically modified crops We favor vendors who share our values We consider the following Does the vendor make an effort to minimize waste in the production transportation and marketing of its products Does the vendor engage in fair labor and fair trade practices Does the vendor contribute to environmental or socially conscious causes Is the vendor engaged in any dishonorable behavior If you are a vendor of a product that aligns with the Ecology Center Store mission and product policy contact our Store Manager to discuss the potential of the Ecology Center

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/store/policy/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Greywater and Rainwater Harvesting Resources | Ecology Center
    CHOICE Sustainable Living STORE HOTLINE HELP DESK ECOHOUSE CLASSES EVENTS FACT SHEETS LINKS ECODIRECTORY LIBRARY SEED LIBRARY FARMERS MARKET FINDER Greywater and Rainwater Harvesting Resources On October 24th 2007 the Berkeley EcoHouse s constructed wetland and greywater hybrid design became the first to pass code in the state of California and became the first permitted residential greywater system approved by the City of Berkeley Our rainwater harvesting system was installed shortly thereafter Resources we recommend for learning about and constructing your own greywater and rainwater catchment systems Guide to Conserving Water through Rainwater Harvesting Graywater Reuse Guide to Greywater Compatible Cleaning Products Oasis Design greywater and rainwater books pdfs and DVDs EcoHouse Greywater Plan EcoHouse Greywater Section EcoHouse Simple Laundry Greywater System permit not required Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in the loop with our events news and alerts The Ecology Center will never sell or share your contact information Email Address First Name Last Name Get Email Updates By submitting this form you are granting Ecology Center 2530 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley California 94702 United States http ecologycenter org permission to

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/ecohouse/greywater/ (2016-04-30)
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  • History | Ecology Center
    example of sustainable urban living Local residents and organizations collectively purchased the property and the founders began the process of renovating and improving the house and gardens EcoHouse grew out of the extraordinary neighborhood efforts at Hopkins and Peralta Streets that produced the Peralta Community Art Garden the Northside Garden the Karl Linn Garden and the Interpretive Exhibit of the Natural and Cultural History of the Westbrae Neighborhood located along the Ohlone Greenway Many individuals organizations and businesses donated their ideas time skills materials and expertise to turn EcoHouse into a vibrant demonstration site In 2006 EcoHouse became a program of the Ecology Center and has become a popular demonstration site for the Ecology Center s many classes and workshops on sustainable living techniques We are grateful to everyone who has played a part and those who continue to play a part in this evolving project Founders Neil Collier Mark Gorrell Karl Linn Linda Maio Greg VanMechelen Nicole Milner Babak Tondre Major Donors to the Acquisition of EcoHouse Denny Abrams of Abrams Millikan Kent Laurie Marilyn Capitelli The Chez Panisse Foundation The City of Berkeley Igal Sarafaty Yuval Bobrovich Avi Ben Zaken SB Pacific Group Patrick Kennedy Panoramic Interests Michael Korman Miriam Ng David Teece Mal Warwick Associates Partners and Donors Alice Walker Revocable Trust Andrew Carothers Liske Plumbing Berkeley Community Fund Beth El Social Action Committee The City of Berkeley David Arkin DIG Cooperative East Bay Conservation Corps East Bay Municipal Utility District EcoHome Improvement Hal Aronson Live Oak Landscape Merritt College Prof Linda Jewell Raymond Family Foundation Real Goods Rebuilding Together Richard Petty Foundation Spiral Gardens Sun Light Power The CASSL Foundation The Center for Ecoliteracy The Chez Panisse Foundation The Clowes Fund The Permaculture Guild The Urban Farmer Store U C Berkeley School of Landscape Architecture Urban

    Original URL path: http://ecologycenter.org/ecohouse/history/ (2016-04-30)
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