Keynote speaker Bill McKibben

We live in a place which can rightfully boast of being on the cutting edge in terms of environmental initiatives. But there’s always more to explore and new approaches to discover.

With that in mind, this Saturday evening offers the chance to find out about a range of  sustainability efforts going on within our city limits.

Learn, for instance, how the foodie entrepreneurs at Gather put the concept of slow money into practice to get their award-winning restaurant off the block. Get the skinny on energy efficiency rebates — whether you qualify and, if so, what to do next —  from Billi Romain, sustainability coordinator at the city of Berkeley. And find out what water conservation strategies the folk at UC Berkeley have up their sleeve from Lisa McNeilly, the university’s director of sustainability.

Other speakers include Victory Lee, Founder of the Victory Garden Foundation, Kemi Amin, Director of Buy Local Berkeley, Suzanne Olawski, Library Manager, Berkeley Public Library and Kirstin Henninger, Director of the Green Cafe Network.

The keynote speaker is environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben, the brains behind which coordinated 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries to demand action on global warming.

The Berkeley Green Gathering, which takes place at the Berkeley Community College Auditorium at 2050 Center Street,  is organized by the Ecology Center. It runs from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday November 6 and food and drink is included in the ticket price. Visit the Ecology Center event web page for full details.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...