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Posted inBusiness, Events

Unions protest Safeway’s toxic cleaning

Two dozen janitors protested outside the Rockridge Safeway at lunchtime today, to draw attention to health, safety and environmental concerns associated with toxic cleaning chemicals used at local Safeway supermarkets. In wet and miserable weather, the protesters wore protective masks saying “Toxic Stinks” and “Green Cleaning Now!” The janitors are members of SEIU United Service […]

Posted inNosh

Raging against the vegetables

As predicted, Caitlin Flanagan’s Atlantic article in which she slammed the concept of edible schoolyards as espoused by Alice Waters — and Flanagan grew up in Berkeley it turns out… the traitor! — has triggered a raft of rebuttals. Probably most amusing is the one written by Andrew Leonard in Salon yesterday: What a nightmare! Public school […]

Posted inEvents

Reduce your footprint in 2010

Berkeley would like to help you reduce your personal and collective carbon footprint and is a offering free workshop to kick-start your effort. The workshop, offered by the City of Berkeley, the Berkeley Energy Commission, the Ecology Center, and the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, will, according to the organizers, cover the following: Find out […]

Posted inNosh

Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard under attack

Alice Waters and students at King Middle School's Edible Schoolyard. An article which claims edible school gardens, such as Berkeley’s famous one at King Middle School, are “cheating our most vulnerable students”, is ruffling feathers, both on this site and more widely. “Cultivating Failure”, written by Caitlin Flanagan and published in the January/February issue of […]

Posted inBusiness

Red light for Green Motors

Green Motors, an emblem of Berkeley’s environmental credentials, appears to have gone out of business (tip: Tak and Janet). The showroom on San Pablo is empty and phone calls to the number listed on its website return a message that the number has been disconnected. When it launched in 2007, Green Motors attracted both media […]

Posted inCity

Greenways and paths

The notion of creating green interventions in cities seems to be gaining pace. Not just parks, but ways in which a natural environment can lead citizens through their town. The High Line in New York is perhaps the most visible recent example. Here’s creative class thinker Richard Florida: Why not consider devoting different streets to different […]

Posted inCity

The world’s energy research capital. Begins with B, ends with Y

OK, my headline might be stretching the point. But it might not. Look what is coalescing in Berkeley: Energy Biosciences InstituteRenewable and Appropriate Energy LaboratoryUniversity of California Energy Institute (ugliest website ever for a serious project)The Energy Institute at Haas (new this week)A bewildering array of energy research at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (there’s work on […]