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  • HOME AND GARDEN FEATURES | Ecology Center
    grid when it s sunny and draws power from the grid when needed The system is sized to meet the house s needs and includes a small battery backup for power outages and low voltage landscape lighting A Solar Water Heating System is perched on the roof The thermal solar panels pre heat water which is then stored in an 80 gallon insulated tank Energy Star Appliances such as the refrigerator washing machine and furnace cut down on energy usage as do compact fluorescent bulbs and a clothesline for drying clothes when the weather allows Insulation keeps buildings warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer The attic at EcoHouse is sprayed with cellulose insulation made from recycled newspapers with non toxic borates added for fire and rot resistance Weatherization is the process of protecting a structure from outside elements by making the seals around openings airtight It decreases energy costs and protects buildings from possible water wind sun and insect damage Weatherstripping caulking and replacing old windows with energy efficient alternatives can help weatherize a structure The Garden Shed demonstrates alternative materials that can improve energy performance in a home The strawbale wall is made from rapidly renewable agricultural waste products and has an insulation value of R 30 more than twice the code requirements The rammed earth wall is made from abundantly available soils and acts as a trombe wall which means that it passively warms the building by absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night The process works both ways the thermal mass in the rammed earth wall can also cool a house in the summer The other wall is made from recycled wood framing with straw clay insulation and the exterior is finished with natural stuccos sprayed earth and fiber cement wall panels An On Demand Tankless Water Heater provides EcoHouse with hot water when the solar water heater is not sufficient Tankless water heaters save hundreds of dollars in unnecessary heating costs It is mounted on the exterior wall to maximize interior space and heats water right when you need it Dual flush Toilets or high efficiency toilets are one of the easiest ways to lower your water use The dual flush toilet at EcoHouse uses only 0 8 gallons for light flushes and 1 28 gallons per full flush In comparison many older toilets use 3 5 gallons or more The High Efficiency Front Loading Washing Machine uses about 37 less energy and 50 less water than a regular washing machine Faucet Aerators reduce the amount of tap water used by mixing incoming water with air The pressure is maintained while the faucet flow is reduced from 2 5 gallons per minute down to 1 gallon per minute at the taps The Low Flow Showerhead at EcoHouse releases only 2 gallons of water per minute while delivering a satisfying shower By contrast less efficient showerheads can release as much as 3 to 5 gallons per minute Kitchen Countertops are made

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  • So What’s the Problem With Roundup? | Ecology Center
    workers in California Glyphosate is the most commonly reported cause of pesticide illness among landscape maintenance workers in California The surfactant ingredient in Roundup is more acutely toxic than glyphosate itself and the combination of the two is yet more toxic Glyphosate is suspected of causing genetic damage Glyphosate is acutely toxic to fish and birds and can kill beneficial insects and soil organisms that maintain ecological balance Laboratory studies have identified adverse effects of glyphosate containing products in all standard categories of toxicological testing Glyphosate residues in soil can persist over a year Glyphosate residues has been found in strawberries wild blueberries and raspberries lettuce carrots and barley Glyphosate has been measured 1 300 2 600 feet away from its application site This year Monsanto manufacturer of Roundup agreed with the New York Attorney General s office to discontinue their use of the terms biodegradable and environmentally friendly in ads promoting glyphosate based products including Roundup Effective and Safe Alternatives Exist For more information contact the Ecology Center Sources Cox Caroline 1995 Glyphosate Pt 1 Toxicology Journal of Pesticide Reform Vol 15 No 3 14 20 Cox Caroline 1995 Glyphosate Pt 2 Human Exposure and Ecological Effects Journal of

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  • Library Entries | Ecology Center
    CLASSES EVENTS FACT SHEETS LINKS ECODIRECTORY LIBRARY SEED LIBRARY FARMERS MARKET FINDER Library Search the Library The Ecology Center maintains a public library that focuses on the environmental concerns of Californians with particular emphasis on the Bay Area Our library is open to everyone for reference If you are an Ecology Center member you can check out books and videos Our collection of books reports periodicals do it yourself pamphlets and DVD and VHS videos features subjects including toxics renewable energy permaculture gardening globalization recycling environmental education sustainable development climate change action and environmental justice Special collections include archives of our magazine Terrain dating back to 1979 extensive files on the Headwaters Forest data on plastics and their impact on health and the environment and environmental education curriculum LIBRARY HOURS 11 00am 6 00pm Tuesday through Sunday LOCATION 2530 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley CA 94702 The Ecology Center also houses BASIL the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library Post navigation Previous 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

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  • Get Involved | Ecology Center
    campaigns and initiatives Becoming a member of the Ecology Center is a very real way to promote the change you want to see Membership Comes with Benefits 10 discount on all merchandise at Ecology Center Store 20 discount on all books Lending Privileges at our Library Discounts on Ecology Center classes and events Invitations to special members only Ecology Center events Perks and discounts from partnering businesses and organizations Become a member today Discover the many other ways to get involved with the Ecology Center below OTHER WAYS TO GIVE The Ecology Center depends on the generosity of our supporters There are many ways to support the Ecology Center Visit our Giving Page for more detail on the following methods Donations Gifts of Stock Gift Memberships Gift Certificates Matching Gifts Workplace Giving Planned Giving Wills and Bequests Donate your Vehicle VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteers and interns contribute greatly to the Ecology Center s programs and services If you are interested in volunteering for the Ecology Center contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 510 548 2220 x235 or volunteer ecologycenter org Or stop by the Ecology Center between 11am and 4pm Tuesday through Friday Our volunteer needs vary Examples of volunteer jobs include database updates brochure folding library maintenance research event support workshop assistance gardening at EcoHouse farmers market set up and break down materials distribution photography and cataloguing seeds for the seed library Click here to access the volunteer application sign up for current volunteer opportunities and find out when you can volunteer in a garden near you JOB OPENINGS The Ecology Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer Visit our Jobs Page to check for open positions or subscribe to the EcoCalendar where we post our job openings when they occur ADVERTISE ON OUR WEBSITE When you advertise on the Ecology Center

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  • Upcoming Events | Merritt College Spring Plant Sale | Ecology Center
    Navigation Film Screening and Dinner The Garden Berkeley Emergency Preparedness Fair The Merritt College Horticulture Club hosts two Plant Sales each year The Spring sale is held the first weekend in May and the Fall sale is held the first weekend in October We have become known for our offerings of perennial vegetables rare fruits and heirloom annual edibles many of which cannot be found anywhere else We also continue to expand our selection of California natives Mediterranean climate plants herbs and unusual plants of all types We grow 80 90 of our own plants with our student club volunteers classes faculty and staff all pitching in to provide the labor Sales are held in our nursery located at the Landscape Horticulture Department Merritt College 12500 Campus Dr Oakland CA 94619 Parking is quite limited at the Horticulture Department so please plan to park on main campus and walk to the sale area When you re done shopping we ll hold your plants for you so you can drive up to the loading zone to pick them up Visit Event Website Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information Google Calendar Event Navigation Film Screening and Dinner The Garden Berkeley Emergency

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  • Upcoming Events | Field to Table: Spring Foraging and Feast at SoulFlower Farm | Ecology Center
    Feast at SoulFlower Farm Today April 30 2016 10 00 am 1 00 pm SoulFlower Farm El Sobrante CA 94803 Event Navigation Berkeley Emergency Preparedness Fair Urban Beekeeping Part I How to Set Up a Beehive Join farmer herbalist and permaculturist Maya Blow on a spring tour of SoulFlower Farm to learn about the common weeds and native wild plants that are safely harvested to eat We will identify and taste both urban weeds and native East Bay edibles and learn which wild foods are best to eat raw in a salad cooked into a soup or used as medicinal tea We ll talk about wild food safety proper harvesting processing and recipes for the free spring bounty our coastal climate offers Following the tour and talk students will be served a wonderful lunchtime feast prepared from Spring foraged foods Visit Event Website Cost 40 80 sliding scale plus 10 for lunch Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information Google Calendar Event Navigation Berkeley Emergency Preparedness Fair Urban Beekeeping Part I How to Set Up a Beehive All Events Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing

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  • Upcoming Events | Feeding 9 Billion People Sustainably | Ecology Center
    SHEETS LINKS ECODIRECTORY LIBRARY SEED LIBRARY FARMERS MARKET FINDER Community Event This event has passed Feeding 9 Billion People Sustainably Wednesday May 13 2015 6 00 pm SPUR Urban Center 654 Mission Street San Francisco CA 94105 Event Navigation The Search for Sustainable Palm Oil An Exploration of Climate Change and Consumer Ethics Friends of the Urban Forest Advocates Meeting n selecting its new executive director the California Academy of Sciences chose a leading expert on global food security the sustainability of our resources and worldwide changes in ecosystems land use and climate Join us for a discussion about a landmark plan for increasing global food production while reducing agriculture s environmental footprint Dr Jonathan Foley California Academy of Sciences Visit Event Website Cost 10 free for members Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information Google Calendar Event Navigation The Search for Sustainable Palm Oil An Exploration of Climate Change and Consumer Ethics Friends of the Urban Forest Advocates Meeting All Events 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

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  • Upcoming Events | Grand Opening: Affordable Housing Tour with RCD | Ecology Center
    RESOURCES ECOHOUSE YOUTH YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL ACADEMY FARM FRESH CHOICE Sustainable Living STORE HOTLINE HELP DESK ECOHOUSE CLASSES EVENTS FACT SHEETS LINKS ECODIRECTORY LIBRARY SEED LIBRARY FARMERS MARKET FINDER Community Event Grand Opening Affordable Housing Tour with RCD Thursday May 19 2016 12 00 pm 1 30 pm RCD MLK 1701 Martin Luther King Jr Oakland CA Event Navigation How the East Bay Got Its Trees Thirsty Thursdays at Berkeley Farmers Market Resources for Community Development invites you to celebrate the Grand Opening of 1701 MLK a new development in Oakland that provides 26 quality homes with onsite supportive services to individuals and small families Please join us for a tour and reception Event Email askjerly rcdhousing org Please contact organizer for wheelchair accessibility information Google Calendar Event Navigation How the East Bay Got Its Trees Thirsty Thursdays at Berkeley Farmers Market All Events 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

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