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Press Contact: Marna Schwartz, Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, (510) 981-7473


Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 06, 2010) - Berkeley residents are getting their hands dirty on October 10, 2010 (10/10/10) to support a day of climate action. Berkeley is joining people from over 165 different countries who are setting aside a few hours of the weekend to pick up shovels and caulking-guns-- as well as phones, pens and clip boards-- to demonstrate their dedication to a sustainable future.

On 10/10/10, Berkeley residents will make a difference locally by planting gardens, upgrading building to be energy efficient, learning how to make solar ovens, restoring native plants alongside our creeks, fixing and riding bikes and celebrating our accomplishments all in the name of climate change solutions! Come join your neighbors, local businesses and schools to transform Berkeley into an environmentally sustainable, vibrant and healthy community. 

More than 19 work parties are happening across Berkeley. Residents are invited to sign up for work parties, a few highlights include:

  • Green our Streets: The City of Berkeley is helping to transform a public space at the corner of Alcatraz and Adeline by planting native plants. This work party begins at 9 a.m.
  • Fix a Flat and Bike On: The East Bay Bicycle Coalition is launching its "1000 New Cyclists" campaign. Cyclists are encouraged to meet up at the downtown Bike Station (2208 Shattuck) and ride together to various work parties; they are also sponsoring a "Fix a Flat" clinic.
  • School Garden Party: Come and help weed, plant and mulch at the famous Malcolm X Elementary School Garden and do all the fun things that the kids can't do. (Malcolm X Elementary's garden is located on Ellis, just south of Ashby).
  • Creek Clean-Up: Friends of Five Creeks is sponsoring a creek clean-up; you can help to remove invasive plants while listening to a talk about sea level rise and its impact in fish. This work party begins at 10 a.m. and is located at the corner of 10th Street and Harrison.

And many more! Check out a map of Berkeley work parties and find out which work parties that are looking for volunteers here!

At 3:00 on Sunday, following the work parties, the public is invited to gather at Martin Luther King Park (at Civic Center) for a community picnic to celebrate Berkeley's commitment to carbon reduction and a green economy, with speakers including Mayor Tom Bates and environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill, as well as live music and kids' activities.

For a full list of events and information on how you can participate, visit: www.101010berkeley.org.


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