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  • Farmers’ Market EBT Program | Ecology Center
    spends their EBT scrip with any eligible food producer in the market and the market manager later redeems the scrip for cash or in place of a stall fee This system requires the farmers market manager or operator to become authorized as a SNAP retailer by Federal Nutrition Services FNS USDA and to implement and promote the EBT program For more information about SNAP call 1 877 847 3663 Check out this video to see how CalFresh EBT works at the farmers market HOW TO ACCEPT EBT AT YOUR FARMERS MARKET To learn how to accept EBT at your farmers market check out our new and improved Simple Guide for Market Managers It will walk you through the process step by step or contact us for further assistance The California Department of Social Services CDSS will provide a free wireless POS terminal to process CalFresh EBT at your farmers market CDSS will provide and maintain the equipment and pay all associated fees First apply online to be authorized by the USDA to accept EBT cards EBT POSTERS HANDOUTS AND TOOLS On our EBT Resource page you will find editable bookkeeping tools educational handouts for vendors and promotional materials like posters and banners for establishing and promoting your market s EBT program We may be able to assist farmers markets in need with design order and purchase of EBT Scrip as well as other promotional materials Please contact us for more details DIRECTORY OF EBT ACCESSIBLE FARMERS MARKETS IN CA Visit our NEW Farmers Market Finder page for information on CalFresh WIC and Market Match at farmers markets statewide MARKET MATCH Market Match is a statewide healthy food incentive program matching customer s federal nutrition assistance benefits like CalFresh and WIC at farmers markets The California Market Match Consortium CMMC is

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  • Market Match | Ecology Center
    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 Market Match California s Healthy Food Incentive Program Whitney Los Angeles Market Match Customer Casey Anderson San Diego County Farm Bureau Frank Tamborello Hunger Action Los Angeles Prev Next Market Match is California s healthy food incentive program which matches customers federal nutrition assistance benefits like CalFresh and WIC at farmers markets The program empowers low income customers to make healthy food choices and benefits hundreds of small and mid size California farmers Led by the Ecology Center it is offered at more than 230 farm direct sites including 180 farmers markets across the state in collaboration with 30 regional community based organizations and farmers market operators Learn more about Market Match by visiting MarketMatch org READ MORE 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

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  • Berkeley Food Policy Council | Ecology Center
    reduce diet related illness of Berkeley s under resourced residents and communities of color through information sharing programmatic collaborations and changes to the policy landscape that increase the consumption of fresh local foods Vision We are working toward a vision of a local food system based on sustainable regional agriculture that fosters the local economy and assures all people of Berkeley to have access to healthy affordable and culturally appropriate food from non emergency sources How To Join Membership in the BFPC is open to the general public Members must fill out a membership form to be a voting member A voting member is anyone who has attended two out of the last three meetings The BFPC is governed by a self selected steering committee which plans and convenes the Policy Council s meetings and selects a facilitator and guest speaker s for each meeting All Council meetings and Steering Committee meetings are open to the general public Meetings have been held on the first Friday of the months March June September and December from 9am to 12 pm Meetings are currently held in the conference room of the Ecology Center To join the group and be added to the listserve fill out the form below Loading If you have any issues with the form above please contact martin ecologycenter org Featured Projects Real Good Food Language The BFPC reached consensus on language to define the meaning of healthy food Macro level Statements The BFPC is working towards developing overarching statements that can be applied to formulating policies or adopted by sister food policy councils Gill Tract Community Farm The Gill Tract is University owned land that for years was used solely for research projects After much organizing now portions of the land are shared with the community for food production SFROW bioremediation garden An arsenic remediation project has been established on the Santa Fe Right of Way in an attempt to make the space safe for future use a community food production zone Berkeley Climate Action Coalition The Land Use Working Group of the BFPC has connected with the Land Use Working Group of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition to pursue common goals of more urban space for urban agriculture and community gardens Past Success Farm Fresh Choice A successful project that established produce stands offering fresh fruits and vegetables at wholesale prices in lower income neighborhoods and at after school programs This program is hosted by the Ecology Center and has been operating since 2000 EBT at Farmers Markets Allows use of WIC and SNAP benefits food assistance programs to be used at farmers markets Spearheaded by Penny Leff formerly of the Ecology Center Many regional and nationwide Farmers Markets now allow EBT Spiral Gardens BFPC helped Daniel Miller start Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project on sections of a historic railroad right of way This project has increased greenspace in southwest Berkeley and consistently provided elders and neighbors with fresh produce and the means to grow it

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  • Zero Waste | Ecology Center
    of Zero Waste and natural resource conservation READ MORE THE PROBLEMS WITH PLASTICS The plastics industry aggressively markets plastics as an earth friendly choice yet Americans are generating more plastic trash than ever and very little gets recycled Visit our Problems with Plastics page to learn more about why and how to get plastics out of your life READ MORE ZERO WASTE RECYCLING RESOURCES Visit our Zero Waste Resource page for a list of links to recommended resources on recycling composting extended producer responsibility PVC and more READ MORE ZERO WASTE FACT SHEETS Visit the Ecology Center s Fact Sheet page to access our many free downloadable fact sheets on topics related to Zero Waste recycling and plastics READ MORE 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 email you You may unsubscribe

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  • Berkeley Curbside Recycling | Ecology Center
    good green collar jobs Do your part Use your cart RECYCLING HOTLINE Recycling Hotline 510 527 5555 Call Monday through Friday 7 AM 3 PM recycling ecologycenter org BERKELEY RECYCLING GUIDE SINGLE FAMILY HOMES If you live in a single family home you can learn how and what to recycle on the Single Family Home Recycling page Download the single family home recycling brochure BERKELEY RECYCLING GUIDE SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS If you live in an apartment building of less than ten units you can learn how and what to recycle on the Small Apartment Recycling page Download the small apartment building recycling brochure RECYCLING IN LARGE APARTMENT BUILDINGS BUSINESSES The City of Berkeley provides Commercial Recycling Services for businesses and residential buildings with 10 or more units Click here to visit their recycling webpage REPORT A POACHER People who collect your recycling before the official recycling trucks arrive to collect your materials deprive the City of revenue revenue that offsets the cost of the service If you would like to report a poaching violation click here ABOUT BERKELEY S RECYCLING PROGRAM The Ecology Center has operated Berkeley s Curbside Recycling Program since 1973 We were among the very first recycling programs in the US and we continue to push toward our goals of Zero Waste and natural resource conservation Read more about what sets us apart from corporate recyclers 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

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  • THE PROBLEMS WITH PLASTICS | Ecology Center
    not recyclable in the same way that glass metals and fibers are Plastics are typically turned into only one other product which must be landfilled at the end of its life As the plastics recycling infrastructure develops and viable new plastics markets emerge the Ecology Center will evaluate the collection of other plastics based on operational cost and environmental concerns Are Plastics Safe Some plastics we know are toxic such as 3 which is also known as PVC or vinyl PVC contains phthalates and heavy metals and creates dioxins when it burns Other plastics contain Bisphenol A BPA which has been identified as a chemical that disrupts hormones Plastics can contain thousands of possible additives and manufacturers are not required to disclose what their recipes are Any plastic can leach depending on the conditions light heat and what additives it includes The Ecology Center recommends avoiding plastics when possible particularly in toys and products for children and products that come in contact with food or drink Get Plastic Out of Your Life Because plastics and their ingredients are pervading our oceans and waterways invading the bodies of humans and wildlife and filling landfills with new and once recycled plastic the Ecology Center recommends eliminating plastics from your life as much as possible To get started consult our handy fact sheet Eliminate Plastic We also highly recommend Beth Terry s blog My Plastic Free Life Plastics Task Force In 1995 the Ecology Center convened the Berkeley Plastics Task Force to study plastic waste issues and provide the City of Berkeley with data to help them determine the feasibility of including plastics in the recycling program Members of the Plastics Task Force included Ecology Center staff and board members representatives of Berkeley s recycling programs members of the academic community and other

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  • Zero Waste Resources | Ecology Center
    or more Commercial Recycling Yard Waste and Kitchen Scrap Collection the green bins EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY California E Waste measure INFORM Lund University International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics Computer TakeBack Campaign www svtc org and www grrn org GENERAL CLEAN PRODUCTION RESOURCES Clean Production Action website Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute TURI Please note the Government Policy section of this website United Nations Environment Program Cleaner Production activities CHEMICALS Coming Clean network Chemicals Policy Initiative PVC REPORTS PVC Free Future A Review of Restrictions and PVC free Policies Worldwide PDF 274 KB PVC Plastic a Looming Waste Crisis Health Care Without Harm OTHER RESOURCES Green Dot system in Germany Zero Waste New Zealand Trust Brominated Flame Retardants Information Clearinghouse 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 email you You may unsubscribe via the link found at the bottom of every email See our Email Privacy Policy for details Emails are serviced by Constant Contact Get Involved Facebook Twitter RSS Zero Waste Berkeley Curbside Recycling The Problems with Plastics Zero Waste Resources Ecology Center News What Does the Ecology Center Offer Youth The Ecology Center is a great non profit organization founded in Read more Urgent Monday 4 25 16 Call Out Gov Brown on His Silence on Oakland Coal Export Development No Coal in Oakland is asking allies throughout the State Read more Earth Day Shoreline Clean Up 4 23 16

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  • Plastic-Free July | Ecology Center
    is a global movement to raise awareness about the problem of plastic and create momentum for solutions Plastic Free July is an annual event that began in Western Australia in 2011 and has spread across the globe It aims to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives by encouraging people to eliminate the use of single use disposable plastic during July each year Plastic Free July 2015 was a success Reducing plastic is an ongoing effort We ve collected these resources to help TIPS FOR REDUCING PLASTIC Fact sheets downloadable printable PDFs 10 Strategies to Get Plastic Out of Your Life Storing Fruits Vegetables without Plastic Visual guide Plastic Free Tips created by our intern Sebastian Moraga UPCOMING EVENTS ACTIONS No upcoming events at this time PAST EVENTS From Here to China Secrets of Plastics Recycling Audio recording and link to presentations DIY MAKE YOUR OWN ALTERNATIVES Alternatives to Plastic Microbeads We hosted a workshop to learn how to make our own care products like face wash and toothpaste which when bought from the store can contain tiny plastic microbeads Beth Terry attended and posted the recipes on her blog Check it out here PLASTIC FREE JULY RESOURCES My Plastic Free Life Beth Terry s site and blog is full of ideas and strategies to eliminate plastic drawn from her years of walking the talk Plastic Free July International The hub for the international event Plastic Free July SF Bay Google Group Connect with community members to share ideas tips or challenges Photo credit Bo Eide on Flickr 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

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