Wednesday, May 19, 2010

East Bay Cities Lag Behind on Plastic Bag Bans

Three years ago, Berkeley and Oakland were national leaders in drafting bans on plastic bags. Yet their ordinances have gone nowhere. What happened? In this week's Express, read all about it ... and find out why Richmond, which hopes to enact a ban of its own, is similarly stymied.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Why Are East Bay Runners Taking off Their Shoes?

Like everyone else, I read Born to Run. But even prior to that, I knew about the Tarahumara and the miracles of running barefoot (or in rubber sandals, as the case may be), thanks to an equally entertaining book called God's Middle Finger about the Sierra Madre mountains, where the Tarahumara people live. As a runner, I was naturally intrigued. So when the opportunity came along to study up on barefoot running here in the Bay Area and write about it for a general audience, I jumped. Or, rather, I ran.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

At Long Last, Cal Frats Start Recycling

Believe it or not: Prior to this February, none of the 31 fraternity houses at UC Berkeley recycled. Not cans. Not bottles. Not paper, pizza boxes, or cardboard packaging. Not in what is arguably the nation's fountain of liberal thought, and the home of curbside recycling, Berkeley. Two eco-minded Cal sorority sisters discovered this over the winter and knew that had to do something about it. A semester later, improvements have been made. But there is more work to do, and a three-month summer break between here and the program's return -- or demise.