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  • OUR HISTORY | Ecology Center
    a meeting that led to the founding of the California Resource Recovery Association In 1988 the Ecology Center convened a task force with Berkeley officials to author the styrofoam ban that serves as a model for many such ordinances across the country The Ecology Center has operated Berkeley s Curbside Recycling Program since 1973 when it was launched as a demonstration project collecting newspapers Recycling remains a principal focus of the Center now with a weekly pick up of recyclables under a City of Berkeley contract This curbside program has become a model for thousands of municipal recycling programs Recycling education is still a key component Pioneering non profits like the Ecology Center gave birth to the recycling industry but few non profits remain in the recycling business today Unlike for profit haulers our successful recycling program supports community education maintains high standards in recycling as the industry matures and keeps resources in our local community Since its early days the Ecology Center has encouraged home and community gardening and composting by sponsoring community gardens publishing how to booklets and teaching organic gardening classes Today we fiscally sponsor the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative maintain a full array of organic gardening products and books in our store and host a wide range of gardening classes from native plants to rooftop gardens to urban chicken raising In 1987 the Ecology Center took on operation of the Berkeley Farmers Market and we now operate four weekly markets in the East Bay bringing fresh organic produce to city dwellers Our Farmers Markets became the first in the country to ban methyl bromide a severely toxic and ozone depleting pesticide used most commonly on strawberries We also banned the use and sale of GMO products from the markets and developed a reporting system to insure compliance The Berkeley Farmers Market continues to promote organic agriculture provide information on toxics and their alternatives and reduce waste by promoting and enabling Zero Waste practices In 1999 a Berkeley Health Report showed high rates of diet related disease in low income neighborhoods The Ecology Centers food justice program Farm Fresh Choice was launched as a response The program set up fruit and vegetable stands at after school childcare centers where families were already congregating The program offers youth training culturally appropriate nutrition education and cooking demonstrations The produce is purchased directly from regional small scale farmers who sell at our farmers markets Terrain a publication of the Ecology Center evolved from a newsletter to a newspaper to a well respected magazine Terrain became a widely read source of environmental news and commentary for the Bay Area and beyond Terrain s provocative articles have been cited and reproduced in several national publications including Utne Reader Alternet and Environment In 2006 the Ecology Center subsumed the Berkeley EcoHouse as one of its central programs The EcoHouse was founded in April 1999 when a group of diverse talented and inspired individuals collectively purchased and transformed a small dilapidated North Berkeley home

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  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Ecology Center
    has since worked in community centers garden programs and public charter schools in San Francisco North Richmond Berkeley and in Massachusetts She is also a massage therapist and birth doula approaching her social work from a holistic perspective of health and wellness In Memory Chuck Teller Treasurer Social Entrepreneur We remember and honor our former Board Treasurer Chuck Teller Read our letter about his passing here Chuck was a social entrepreneur with experience in analytic applications consumer software services real estate economics and conservation resource planning His most recent role was VP of Product at Wise io where he was responsible for the product management and delivery of predictive analytic applications utilizing advanced machine learning technology that allow large scale enterprises to optimize customer support services From 2007 to 2012 Chuck developed the nation s largest consumer choice portal Over 1 6 million households in the U S use Catalog Choice to send over 26 million opt out requests to 8 000 companies Through his efforts at Catalog Choice Chuck helped reform the mailing practices of direct mailers to provide consumers with choice about what enters their mailbox and reduce paper use by corporations Earlier in his career Chuck launched one of the largest Analytic Application product suites at PeopleSoft and developed an analytic application company Advance Planning Solutions APS that specialized in budgeting and planning functions Prior to his software career Chuck spent 10 years as a real estate economist helping public and private clients develop livable urban environments Chuck held a master s degree in Urban Planning from University of North Carolina and a bachelor s degree in Conservation Resource Planning from University of California Elisa Batista Campaign Director at MomsRising org Elisa Batista is a campaign director at MomsRising org MamásConPoder org a million member organization advocating for policies related to family economic security child health and ending discrimination against mothers She collaborates with the organization to reach out to mothers on the ground and through social media campaigns on the blogs Facebook and Twitter She is also a bilingual journalist and award winning blogger She is the co publisher of the popular parenting website MotherTalkers com which was named a favorite mom blogger by Ms Magazine In addition her writing has appeared at the Huffington Post Daily Kos FOX News Latino and Wired News She has also won an award by Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media LATISM for her use of social media tools to promote causes When Batista is not on her computer she is shuttling her children or training for races She lives in Berkeley California with her husband son and daughter Michele Gee Educator and Park Interpretive Planner For nearly 20 years Michele has worked in the field of environmental education youth development and interpretive park planning to improve the lives of all Bay Area residents and beyond After graduating from UCSB with a BA in Environmental Studies she worked at the San Francisco Conservation Corps as an AmeriCorps VISTA AmeriCorps

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  • EcoCalendar Event Submission | Ecology Center
    submit events at least three weeks prior to the event date s If you have any questions please contact us at calendar ecologycenter org We handpick our listings each week We can t guarantee that your event will get posted however our editing team reviews and considers every suggestion Thank you so much for your understanding Click here for our general guidelines on selecting events CONTACT INFORMATION Contact information is private and will not appear in the posting This information is useful if our editors have questions about your event submissions We do not publish or give away this information to third parties First Name Last Name Email Phone EVENT DETAILS This information will be published in the listing Event Title Event Date s MM DD YY Event Time e g 10 00am 12 30am Event Description If the event is a Webinar Teleseminar etc then type Online event for all fields concerning location Event Venue Name Event Address Street City State and Zip Code Event Cost e g free 10 25 sliding scale Do Attendees Need to RSVP Wheelchair Accessible Y N Event URL Event Contact Email Event Contact Phone Number XXX XXX XXXX honey pot Inspiring and building

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  • Supporters | Ecology Center
    major support for the Ecology Center comes from an array of forward thinking public and private institutions We are honored to collaborate with the following agencies to create a sustainable healthy and just future craigslist Charitable Fund E E Perkins Foundation The Center for Healthy Eating and Food CHEF 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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  • Video: Undersecretary Concannon Visits Our Farmers’ Market | Ecology Center
    the work we re doing Undersecretary Concannon met farmers during his day at the market too including Efren Avalos a beloved organic farmer who has been part of our markets for nearly two decades Market Match helps farmers like Efren by increasing their sales when low income shoppers who previously had not visited the farmers market have an incentive to shop more dollars go into local farmers pockets The Ecology Center is emerging as a national leader to make healthy foods at farmers markets more affordable for under resourced communities With the help of dozens of farmers market operators up and down the state we have scaled up Market Match across California s diverse regions and communities Behind the scenes Andy Naja Reise with USDA s western office shared that Hawaii is modeling its nutrition incentive programs after what the Ecology Center developed for California s Market Match We were delighted to hear this Undersecretary Concannon asked us what barriers we see to expanding the number of farmers markets that offer SNAP We shared with him the following challenges and solutions Food Nutrition Services FNS Application We support farmers market operators when they apply to be a new SNAP retailer The application was created for grocery stores making the path confusing for farmers markets to become part of the system Our recommendation structuring the application with farmers markets in mind would make it easier for more markets to offer SNAP FNS number and Point of Sale POS device There is a technical issue that requires each market to have a separate FNS number and POS device per market which is hard for organizations that run multiple farmers markets California Department of Social Services CDSS benefits California s pathway for administering SNAP is linked to a contract with Xerox We are

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  • Nerine.Ortiz-Pon | Ecology Center
    Pon What Does the Ecology Center Offer Youth April 29 2016 by Nerine Ortiz Pon The Ecology Center is a great non profit organization founded in 1969 by a group of Berkeley residents who were eager for environmental reform To this day it continues to be in the forefront of many environmental campaigns It s never too early to become an environmental activist and the Ecology Center offers resources for everyone in Read more Posted in Blog Featured Tagged green jobs youth youth development Youth Environmental Academy Leave a reply Youth Interns Broaden Their Horizons through EcoHouse Tour August 7 2014 by Nerine Ortiz Pon On a recent Friday I along with the rest of Ecology Center youth interns took a field trip to the EcoHouse located in North Berkeley The tour was filled with insights on how to grow a successful garden ways utilize water resourcefully and tips for applying these skills to everyday life The tour started with Read more Posted in Blog Tagged EcoHouse greywater youth development Youth Environmental Academy Leave a reply Inspiring and building a sustainable healthy and just future for the East Bay California and beyond Donate Subscribe Thanks for signing up Stay in

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  • Blog | Ecology Center
    Export Development April 25 2016 by Ecology Center No Coal in Oakland is asking allies throughout the State to call write tweet or fax Gov Jerry Brown on Monday April 25 We are fighting a plan to transport up to 9 5 million tons per year of Utah coal through Oakland for export overseas Last July at the Vatican Gov Brown said to the Read more Posted in Blog Tagged climate action climate justice coal Coal by Rail Gov Brown Oakland policy Sacramento take action Leave a reply Earth Day Shoreline Clean Up 4 23 16 April 20 2016 by Ecology Center Give back to the Bay and all the creatures who call it home Start off with an all levels donation based yoga class at 8 00am At 9 00am we ll learn about pollution and clean up strategies Then we ll head out to collect litter and record data which will help change laws to improve the health of our ecosystem Read more Posted in Blog Tagged Earth Day plastic pollution plastic free Shoreline Clean up take action Leave a reply Spare the Air Let s Tell BAAQMD to Spare OUR Air Organizing Forum 4 21 16 April 18 2016 by Ecology Center The five Bay Area refineries are poised to start importing large amounts of oil from the Canadian tar sands Why does this matter Tar sands are a highly polluting fossil fuel that are dangerous to transport process and store Converting crude oil derived from the tar sands called bitumen into useable fuel takes so much Read more Posted in Blog Tagged BAAQMD Chevron disaster climate climate action climate change oil refineries take action tar sands Leave a reply Earth Day Around the Bay April 4 2016 by Ecology Center Earth Day falls on April 22nd

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  • Featured | Ecology Center
    4 2016 by Ecology Center Earth Day falls on April 22nd each year but many communities use the whole month of April to bring people together to learn take action or be hands on helping the environment In the Bay Area there s a range of festivals and gatherings big and small Here s a selection of what s happening for Earth Day Read more Posted in Blog Featured Tagged Earth Day Ecology Center events free event Shoreline Clean up take action Leave a reply Watch New Short Film Berkeley Vs Big Soda March 29 2016 by Ecology Center On March 28th 2016 the Ecology Center released Berkeley vs Big Soda a short film that tells the story of how a community fought the powerful beverage industry to pass a tax on the distribution of sugary beverages The movie features campaign footage and is told by the diverse coalition members that coalesced to support Read more Posted in Blog Ecology Center in the News Featured Tagged Berkeley Vs Big Soda community organizing diabetes health and nutrition Helen De Michiel soda tax video 1 Reply Video Undersecretary Concannon Visits Our Farmers Market March 24 2016 by Ecology Center Earlier this month a very special guest came to our farmers market United States Department of Agriculture s Undersecretary of Agriculture Kevin Concannon visited for National Nutrition Month Our staff met with Undersecretary Concannon to discuss CalFresh California s food stamps referred to as SNAP nationally access at farmers markets and incentives like Market Match Our Market Read more Posted in Blog Featured Tagged CalFresh Ecology Center Farmers Markets farm bill food farming Market Match nutrition incentives SNAP USDA Leave a reply Re Imagining Water with James Rojas of PLACE IT March 18 2016 by Ecology Center Meditation centers Daylighted creeks Purple pipes

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