Transition Berkeley is part of a growing international network of Transition initiatives.
We're joining cities around the world to face the enormous challenges of economic instability, climate change and fossil fuel dependency. Transition Berkeley is proud to become the 110th U.S. Initiative.
The Transition approach will help Berkeley to envision and create a future with more locally produced food and other necessities, cleaner forms of transportation and energy. Along the way, we'll build a more equitable and vibrant local economy and re-learn practical skills our grandparents once had.
Join us and discover just how powerful the collective genius can be when people work together!
THURSDAY, June 4th
6:30 pm refreshments, 7 pm film
Historic Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
For BFUU event info: www.bfuu.org/events
Wondering what else you can do to save water besides collecting it in the shower? Saving water helps save energy too! Rising Sun Energy Center will offer a short presentation to talk about the Energy Upgrade California program, and share energy and water saving tips you can use in your home. You will also learn about free services, rebates, and incentives available to homeowners and renters who take action to save water and energy. Bring your questions!
Then sit back and armchair travel along with three curious folks as they search for sustainable solutions across the United States in the light-hearted documentary, “Your Environmental Road Trip (Y.E.R.T.)”
Please bring plastic free snacks to share if you'd like to. This event is co-sponsored by Transition Berkeley, BFUU's Social Justice Committee and Rising Sun Energy.
Suggested Donation $5-10 No one turned away for lack of funds!
DATE: Saturday, May 23, 2015
11:30 - 12:00 - Meet Up & Welcome at Frank Ogawa / Oscar Grant Plaza, 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612
12:00 - March begins (1.6 miles distance)
1:00 - 2:30 - Reassemble at Lake Merritt Lakeside Park (Pergola) located at 550 El Embarcadero Oakland, CA 94610 for RALLY!
Join us as we MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO!
Please take part in the groundswell of PEOPLE RISING in defense of unadulterated SEEDS, PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY, RESPONSIBLE STEWARDSHIP OF THE SOIL, ETHICAL PRACTICES, TOXIN FREE FOOD SYSTEM AND THE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WE ALL WANT.
Organized by Label GMOs: California's Grassroots Bay Area
Fiscal Sponsor: California State Grange
RSVP, DONATE and get the latest updates here: http://labelgmos.org/realfoodforall
or visit March Against Monsanto Oakland - Real Food For All! on FaceBook
Greywater Education Webinar (3 part series, on-line
This webinar series will teach participants how to give two greywater presentations (Greywater 101 and How to Design and Install a Washing Machine Greywater System) and how to work with local stores and agencies to make it easier for people to install systems. Participants will have access to the course materials and presentations to adapt for future use.
Series held on Wednesdays from 2-4pm on June 17th, June 24th, and July 1st.
Register here for this event.
Part 1: Greywater 101 or Drought-Proof Your Landscape With Greywater. Wednesday, June 17th from 2-4pm.
Part 2: How to Design and Install a Laundry-to-Landscape Systems. Wednesday, June 24th from 2-4pm.
Part 3: How to Make Your Community Greywater Ready: Work with local agencies and irrigation stores. Wednesday, July 1st from 2-4pm.
Cost: $30- $50 sliding scale (1 registration per organization, multiple staff members can attend)
We invite you and your organization to get involved:
By becoming a Community Partner you will be supported!
Gain visibility and supporters by having your event/projects promoted by the East Bay Challenge promotional materials, social media and website.
This year we will be making a special effort to solicit volunteers for your events from local companies and volunteer organizations.
Be recognized as part of the growing coalition who are building Community Resilience together. Registering your project will help build the movement and demonstrate just how many amazing projects are happening in our region!
About the Community Resilience Challenge: The Community Resilience Challenge (CRC) is a collaboration of non-profits, municipalities, businesses and individuals working together to bring awareness to the need for community-based local solutions to the pivotal issues facing our planet, from our drought to food insecurity to climate change. The registered actions are aggregated on a map to build a picture of the growing resilience movement. The CRC was founded by the Petaluma-based non-profit Daily Acts in 2009. The CRC-East Bay’s core organizers include Bay Localize, Sustainable Contra Costa and the NorCal Community Resilience Network.
The Berkeley Climate Action Coalition formed to help bring Berkeley's Climate Action Plan from vision to reality (see Berkeley's progress here.) Through four Working Groups, many exciting plans are underway! We invite you to participate in the Coalition and connect with others addressing climate change. Learn more about the Coalition, Working Groups and upcoming meetings. Info: click here
Working Group Meetings
Transportation: Contact: Sandra Hamlat
Landuse/Community Gardens: Contact: Shawna McCarroll
Community Choice Energy Contact: Erica Etelsen
Water: Contact: Matt Freiberg
Creativity, Community, Skill-sharing with other folks working to build more resilient communities, these are Transition values that are being spread by two local groups. You can tap into the fun by visiting their websites and attending their events.
Ever want to learn how to make sourdough bread, or a didgeridoo? Perhaps you would like to brush up on your Spanish while making salsa, or practice Qigong in a group. Villagecraft is the place to find a smorgasbord of "learn by doing" activities and meet others who share your interests. Anyone is invited to submit and teach a short class and Villagecraft will connect you with students through their website.
Go to villagecraft.org to find out about their 1st Anniversary Party, on November 22nd. Come hang out, meet fabulous people, and hear about opportunities to learn and connect.
The East Bay Permaculture Guild is a dynamic group focused on practicing permaculture principles every day. Guild meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at PLACE, which is located at 1121 64th Street, Oakland, CA.
Check the website eastbaypermacultureguild.weebly.com to find out What's Happening in East Bay Permaculture.
Neonicotinoids in the nursery industry have been making news lately. A possible link between the use of this insecticide and honey bee die-offs has led to some controversy. We asked Bay-Friendly Qualified Professional Alisa Rose Seidlitz to share some background on this issue of neonicotinoids and nursery plants. Read her entire article on the Bay Friendly Blog to learn what Alisa Rose found in her research.
The article is chock full of valuable information on how Neonicotinoids work, the current studies linking these pesticides to bee population declines and steps we can take to bring back the bees. Alisa Rose has also included a list of bee-attracting plants, resources for obtaining these plants, and links to products containing neonicotinoids.