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Berkeley installs first permeable pavers downtown

The construction site on Allston Way. Photo: Charles Siler Traffic may be rough come school season, but the construction project closing Allston Way outside Berkeley High School is significant: the city’s first major permeable pavement installation. The block of Allston between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Milvia Street in downtown Berkeley is shut down for construction until mid-November while […]

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Berkeley appoints first ‘chief resilience officer’

Two community members at Berkeley’s annual city-wide disaster preparedness drill in April 2013. Photo: Emilie Raguso As a city, Berkeley prides itself on being prepared. Officials hope the recent appointment of a “resilience officer” to coordinate city-wide defenses against natural disasters will be another step in that direction — this time with the help of the Rockefeller Foundation. In […]

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‘You’re not with it if you’re not air drying your clothes!’

A clothesline hangs in Civic Center Park. If you have a yard, members of CYES will install a retractable clothesline as a sunny-day alternative to a tumble dryer. Photo: Julia Hannafin By Julia Hannafin On Wednesday a gigantic clothesline dangled over Berkeley’s Civic Center Park. T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, and all kinds of clothing swayed in the […]

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Berkeley to collect more plastics in curbside collections

A wider variety of plastics will now be collected by Berkeley’s Ecology Center in its curbside collections. Photo: Tracey Taylor By Camille Baptista The Ecology Center announced today that it will now collect more types of plastic items, expanding its curbside collection and processing to handle things like dairy tubs, tupperware, vitamin bottles, plastic cups and […]

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Details unveiled on proposed metered parking changes

New parking meters with credit card payment options are part of the goBerkeley program. Photo: Steer Davies Gleave/goBerkeley In a presentation before the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night, city staff presented their suggestions for upcoming metered parking changes designed to make some parking spots available on every commercial block in three of the city’s business districts. Downtown, […]

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Berkeley school recycling gets back on track

Students at John Muir Elementary sort for composting and recycling. Photo: Green Schools Initiative Berkeley schools are making a renewed commitment to recycling and composting after efforts slacked off over the past five years. This year, a local non-profit, Green Schools Initiative, has worked with eight Berkeley schools, revitalizing recycling and composting programs. Green Schools […]