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Recovering Food, Reducing Costs

In the first month of Food Shift's food recovery and waste tracking program with Andronico's Community Markets, the store's Shattuck outlet in Berkeley, CA is on track to save $27,000 a year in reduced waste disposal costs. The program was featured on the Specialty Food Association website and in this month's Edible East Bay magazine. In addition to working with businesses, the Earth Island project has been working on the policy level through the "All In" campaign, a bold but realistic effort to end hunger in Alameda County by 2020. Stay updated with Food Shift's program and campaign updates by following it on Facebook and Twitter, and signing up for its e-newsletter.

Thursday February 19, 2015

Join the Clean Energy Conversation

EII's Bay Localize, which is part of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, invites you to attend the Fifth Annual Clean Power, Healthy Communities Conference on March 5, at the California Endowment Center in Oakland, CA. This is an engaging, highly interactive conference with plenaries, workshops, and breakout sessions addressing critical clean energy topics such as community-based energy initiatives, energy democracy and the alternatives to fossil fuels. Space is limited, so register now for in-person seats, or for the conference's live web stream!

Thursday February 19, 2015

The best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the past two weeks:

Most Popular: After the Fracking Ban. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman explores what's next for New York's environmental movement following its high-profile fracking ban victory.

Editors' Pick: Bill Clinton's Visionary Northwest Forest Plan Is On the Chopping Block. A proposal to revise a forest management plan that safeguards old growth forests in the Pacific Northwest could lead to increased logging, writes reporter Paul Koberstein.

Thursday February 19, 2015

SF Ocean Film Fest

Earth Island Institute is proud to partner with the 12th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival running February 27 through March 2. The festival will feature over 40 films from 13 different countries. EII's All One Ocean project will have a table at the festival on February 27; Earth Island staff and Shark Stewards will be tabeling on Saturday, February 28. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Thursday February 19, 2015

Run for the Ocean

Join EII's All One Ocean for its second annual “Run for the Beach” at the beautiful Crissy Field in San Francisco on March 21. Proceeds from the event — which includes a 5K run, a beach clean up, yoga sessions, live music, and delicious food — will benefit All One Ocean and provide additional support for plastic pollution awareness initiatives in San Francisco. Space is limited, so please register in advance.

Thursday February 19, 2015

March for Real Climate Leadership

Join EII projects Bay Localize and California Student Sustainability Coalition, and thousands of Californians from across the state in Oakland this Saturday, February 7, for the March on Real Climate Leadership and urge Governor Jerry Brown to protect us from dangerous oil extraction activities that harm our water, health and communities. RSVP for the march here, share this event widely, and don’t forget to wear blue this Saturday!

Thursday February 5, 2015

Cli-Fi vs. Reality

While politicians debate whether climate change is real, authors and filmmakers are tackling the far out notion that humans can fundamentally alter the biochemistry of the Earth’s atmosphere in a new genre called Climate Fiction or Cli-Fi. How wild could a hot and crowded world get? Join Earth Island Journal editor Jason Mark and science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on February 11 for “Cli-Fi 2015” – a conversation about literature and films that will explore what lies ahead for life on Earth and beyond. Details and ticket information here.

Thursday February 5, 2015

New Food Recovery Program

EII’s Food Shift has launched a food donation and waste-tracking program with two Andronico’s Community Markets stores in Berkeley, CA. Surplus food from these markets is collected and utilized by the St. Vincent de Paul community center in Oakland. In just the first week of the program, Food Shift recovered over 5,000 pounds of food including apples, oranges, melons, juice, and granola bars. See photos from the first pick up, and follow Food Shift on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the program’s progress.

Thursday February 5, 2015

Job Opening at Project Coyote

EII’s Project Coyote is hiring an operations and development manager. The job profile includes overseeing the project’s internal operations and working closely with Director Camilla Fox to support and coordinate all levels of organizational development and growth. This is an exciting opportunity to join an organization that is at a critical juncture in its growth and help develop the organizational framework to ensure Project Coyote’s success. Details here.

Thursday February 5, 2015

Hemp Film Screening

EII’s Hempstead Project Heart and the US Green Building Council will be presenting a special screening of the documentary, Bringing it Home at the Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco on February 19. The film documents the building of the first hemp house in the United States along with the history of hemp and its many benefits. Details and ticket information here.

Thursday February 5, 2015

Run for the Ocean

Join EII’s All One Ocean for its second annual “Run for the Beach” at the beautiful Crissy Field in San Francisco on March 21. Proceeds from the event – which includes a 5K run, a beach clean up, yoga sessions, live music, and delicious food – will benefit All One Ocean and provide additional support for plastic pollution awareness initiatives in San Francisco. Please register in advance since space is limited. To volunteer for the beach cleanup click here. Download a flyer and help spread the word!

Thursday February 5, 2015

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the past two weeks:

Most Popular: Can Seven Billion Humans Go Paleo? Journalist and community activist Erica Etelson writes that advocates of this meat-rich diet trend need to grapple with its impact on the environment.

Editors' Pick: Anti-Fracking Group Settles Surveillance Lawsuit With Pennsylvania. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman writes that the deal does little to alter the cozy relationship between the energy industry and the state and the continuing surveillance of environmental activists.

Thursday February 5, 2015

Stop Logging in Eldorado Forest Burn Area

The King Fire, which burned through part of the Eldorado National Forest in California last year, created a rare and biodiverse habitat type known as "complex early seral forest." Such forests support imperiled species, such as the black-backed woodpecker and the California spotted owl, both of which Earth Island's John Muir Project and others have petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection. Only 8 percent of this habitat type exists in the Eldorado National Forest, yet the US Forest Service is proposing to destroy half of it by logging the burned area. Please send in brief comments by Friday, January23, letting the Forest Service know that you oppose their King Fire Logging Restoration Plan. Comments may be sent via email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or via fax to 530-621-5297. Attention: King Fire Restoration/Logging Project.

Thursday January 22, 2015

Soak in Art, Culture, and Community in Cuba

In the wake of President Barak Obama's decision to renew diplomatic ties with Cuba, EII's Ethical Traveler is thrilled to announce its upcoming Artists Delegation to Cuba from April 10 to 19! The project's fifth annual 10-day trip to this remarkable island is suitable for anyone with a strong creative streak. The small group  of travelers (maximum 16) will meet with painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, and photographers, and experience a country at the cusp of historic change. Sites include Havana (of course), Cienfuegos, Trinidad (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Bay of Pigs. There areonly four spots open on this wonderful trip led by travel writer and Ethical Traveler's executive director Jeff Greenwald. Details here.

Thursday January 22, 2015

Borneo Project’s Birthday Bash

From supporting blockades against logging and mega dam projects, to building micro-hydro power systems, to facilitating community mapping workshops and helping Indigenous children learn to read in their own language – EII's The Borneo Project has been standing in solidarity with the communities of Borneo for over 24 years. That's something to celebrate! Please join them in their birthday celebrations at the OCSC Sailing Club in Berkeley, CA on Wednesday, January 28. There will be some delicious food and Bornean-themed cocktails, a short film screening, a silent auction, and a blowpipe competition (poison darts optional!). The event is free to attend but you do need to RSVP.

Thursday January 22, 2015

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