To reduce the amount of waste produced in Berkeley, the city is considering legislation mandating single-use food containers be compostable, and asking customers to pay for it.
The Berkeley zoning board is set to vote Thursday on whether to approve use permits for two new housing projects featuring more than 100 units between them.
The city of Berkeley will look at the potential impact of a city-wide ban on the use of single-use plastic straws.
Police expect large numbers at the rally and the Ecology Center is afraid that violent clashes in the park will spill over into the market.
Through its groundbreaking policy work, educational initiatives and engaging social media presence, Roots of Change challenges easy thinking about food issues.
BUSD's beleaguered cooking and gardening program will see a welcome injection of funds from the soda tax.
More low-income Californians will get access to fresh produce because of a $3.7 million federal grant.
The city of Berkeley was basking in glory Wednesday over its passage of the nation’s first soda tax, an accomplishment that the beverage industry dismissed as just a whacky — and inconsequential — victory.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who fought unsuccessfully to establish a cap on the size of soda portions sold in that city, has donated $85,000 to the Yes on Measure D campaign.
Just like there are two sides to every coin, there are two sides to every campaign. KTVU’s story on Berkeley’s Measure D, which first aired last week, was an unsettling look at some childish and unfortunate behavior by those pushing hardest to pass the soda tax here.
UPDATE, March 27: As expected, the Berkeley Unified School Board last night voted to commit $485,000 for the coming year to its gardening program, under the terms outlined it the proposal that called for gardening classes for pre-kindergarten through grade 7. [See the full proposal on the BUSD Board meeting agenda packet, starting on page 54.] Commenting on the move, Martin Bourque, executive director of the Ecology Center, said Berkeley was showing leadership in finding money from its budget for the pioneering program after losing nearly $2 million in federal funding. “Who else is stepping up like that on their own dime?” he said. “Berkeley is leading the way.”
By Camille Baptista
Berkeley schools' pioneering cooking and gardening programs are at risk as federal funding is being cut. Parents are rallying to find solutions.