Upcoming Events:

  • Support a Thriving Local Economy, Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm at Pegasus Books & CDs, 2349 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley. Laury Hammel, co-founder of BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) will read from his new book Growing Local Value and lead a discussion on how businesses can build their local economy and meet the needs of their community. Sponsored by Berkeley's two BALLE networks — the Berkeley Business District Network and the Sustainable Business Alliance — and Sustainable Berkeley. For more info, contact Gina at (510) 528-3254 or

  • Organizing Sustainable Communities, March 31-April 1, 9 am to 5 pm at Literacy for Environmental Justice, 800 Innes Ave, Unit 11, San Francisco. Two-day localization workshop including hands-on instruction from Brian Weller and Jason Bradford of the Willits Econonomic LocaLization project. How can individuals foster awareness in their community of the need to live sustainably, and what can be done after they understand this need? This workshop draws from the instructors' experience in Willits, California, where the need to localize food, energy, and the production of basic goods has garnered broad political appeal. Learn how to frame messages around common values, motivate action based on the tension between fear and desire, and outline the case for economic localization as the only logical reaction to ecological overshoot. The evening of March 31 will also include an informal roundtable conversation with Bay Localize.

  • Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and the city of Minneapolis are hosting the fifth annual International Greening Rooftops for Sustainable Communities Conference, Awards and Trade Show this April 29 through May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel. Co-hosted with the City of Minneapolis, the Conference is organized by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) a not-for-profit industry association working to promote the green roof industry in North America.

    The three-day conference will consist of plenary and specialized sessions focused on three main topic areas:
    1. Policies and Programs to Support Green Roofs
    2. Green Roof Design and Implementation
    3. Research and Technical Papers on Green Roof Performance

    This is a great opportunity for supporters of green roofs and professionals in the field to network and experience the latest developments in the field. This event will feature cutting edge green roof designs and workshops held by leaders in the industry. Check out for more info and to register.

Past Events:

  • Rooftop Resources Building Type Survey, March 10 from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm in Oakland (location TBA). We need your help to assess the feasibility and benefits of rooftop resource systems in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland. Sponsored by Bay Localize. For more info, click on the link above or contact Ingrid at

  • Green City Panel, February 28 @ 8:00 pm at CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St. (at 9th) in S.F. Integrating urban life with local nature, biodiversity, and resources is the challenge of our time. Join Brian Holland of Bay Localize, Peter Berg of the Green City Project/Planet Drum, Peter Brastow of Nature in the City, and Bonnie Sherk of A Living Library as they share visions, strategies, and accounts of their work towards building a truly Green City. For more info, visit

  • Rooftop Resources Project Meeting, February 20 @ 7:00 pm at 436 14th Street (@ Broadway near 12th St. BART) in Oakland, 2nd Floor conference room. Sponsored by Bay Localize. For more info, contact Ingrid at

  • Rooftop Resources Project Meeting, January 22 @ 6:30 pm at 436 14th Street (@ Broadway near 12th St. BART) in Oakland, 2nd Floor conference room. Sponsored by Bay Localize. The meeting will be a convening of the Research, Outreach and Neighborhood Assessment Task Forces for all to touch base, show what material has been developed, and to get the Neighborhood Assessment Task Force aligned with the processes of the design and planning firms working on this project. All are welcome. Lead Project Organizer Ingrid Severson will show updates on the neighborhood assessment including graphics and current data produced by the firms Design, Community & Environment and Holmes Culley. She will also show an overview draft of the neighborhood assessment report and the Rooftop Principles and Considerations Guidebook. For more info, contact Ingrid at

  • The Great Turning: In Dialogue with Joanna Macy and Randy Hayes, Saturday, January 6, 10 am - 3 pm at Lakeshore United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave. in Oakland. Presented by Green Sangha and co-sponsored by Bay Localize. Joanna Macy, renowned Buddhist author/activist, and Randy Hayes, founder of Rainforest Action Network and director of the International Forum on Globalization, will describe their visions of the world today and what we can do to support the Great Turning -- reversing the trends of environmental degradation and loss of life -- healing the planet as we heal ourselves. Admission is by donation ($20 suggested). This event is a fundraiser for Green Sangha, an affiliate of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. Reservations recommended. Catered lunch option available. For more info, visit

  • Oakland Food Policy Council Hearings If created, the Food Policy Council will consist of a group of yet-to-be-appointed people who will advocate for and recommend policies to the City to create a healthy and sustainable food system. Specific goals of the Food Policy Council will be to increase the amount of locally grown food available in Oakland, reduce hunger and food insecurity, and promote economic opportunities within the food sector.

    Attend and speak in support of the Food Policy Council at the Life Enrichment Committee City Council meeting on December 12th, 2006, 6pm. The Food Policy Council bill needs to pass this committee before it can go to a full City Council vote. Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, (Between 14th and 15th Streets) Oakland (near 12th Street BART station)

    Attend and speak in support of the Food Policy Council to all of the City Council members on December 19th, 2006, 7pm onwards. Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. The meeting can run late, so you can call (415) 425-8837 that evening for details on when the Food Policy Council will be discussed. (Make sure to fill out a speaker card in advance of the meeting at:

  • Bay Localize Office Warming Party!, Thursday, December 7, 6-8 pm, at 436 14th Street, Suite 1218 (just upstairs from the 12th Street BART station), Oakland. Come celebrate Bay Localize's one-year anniversary and meet people and organizations working to build a more self-reliant and socially just Bay Area! Please RSVP to Ingrid Severson at

  • Urban Alliance for Sustainability's Sustainability Film Fest, Monday, December 4, 11:15 am and 10 pm, at the Diego Rivera Theater, on City College of San Francisco's Phelan Campus. Some of the films on offer include City Of Cycles, Food Justice: A Growing Movement, The Corporation, The End of Suburbia, The Future of Food, and Baraka! For a full schedule and further details, please visit:

  • Bluegrass Bash & Benefit for Clean Energy, Wednesday, November 22, 8:30pm at Ashkenaz (1317 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley). Chuck Poling emcees the evening featuring Three Mile Grade, the Barefoot Nellies, and a mystery headliner! Tickets $15-25 sliding scale (call 1-866-468-3399 or visit Show preceded by an alt-vehicle / bicycle caravan starting at 4pm. Clean energy rally & social from 5-7pm (both free!) Proceeds benefit the Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter's local clean energy campaigns. Co-sponsored by Three Mile Grade, the Berkeley Biofuels Oasis, Sun Light & Power, Native Energy, Clif Bar, Flexcar, the Electric Auto Association, East Bay Bicycle Coalition, the Bay Area peak oil community at and Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center. For further details go to

  • Hearing on Peak Oil Preparedness w/Larry Robinson The second in a series of city hearings on peak oil will take place Friday, November 17 at 2pm in room #263 of San Francisco City Hall at a hearing of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo). Larry Robinson, former mayor of Sebastopol, California, will speak on the efforts that city has undertaken regarding the effects of resource depletion, and how these may apply to San Francisco.

    In addition, representatives of Bay Localize ally San Francisco Oil Awareness will give an overview of how other municipalities (including Portland, Seattle, Bloomington, Indiana, and others) have taken steps to mitigate the impact of future energy decline. The San Francisco Department of the Environment will discuss a future study on the effects of peak oil on the city. A resolution will be announced that will be presented to the Board of Supervisors regarding the creation of a peak oil task force. City departments will be at the hearing to discuss any preparations they might have in place to mitigate effects of a long term energy crisis. For more information, contact Dennis Brumm of San Francisco Oil Awareness at

  • The Edible Roof Garden Implementation Workshop Stephanie Lind of the Dig City Coop is leading this hands-on workshop at the Berkeley EcoHouse (1305 Hopkins St., near North Berkeley BART) this Sunday, November 19 from 10am to 3pm. The workshop will be taught simultaneously along with a completion of the greywater-constructed wetland workshop that was started November 1st. Stephanie will give a Powerpoint presentation to cover the essentials of living roof architecture, design, implementation and case studies. Then we'll have the opportunity to implement a model living roof on the Tool Shed of the Berkeley Ecohouse. This design will integrate an herb spiral and a veggie garden. Come to the Berkeley Ecohouse this Sunday to learn cutting-edge green design with some of the Bay Area's leading experts! Berkeley EcoHouse. $15 Sliding Scale - No one turned away for lack of funds. For more information, contact Rooftop Resources Project Lead Organizer Ingrid Severson at

  • Mark Lakeman Presents "The Village Lives", the story of the City Repair Project, November 12 at the Rockridge United Methodist Church, 303 Hudson St., Oakland (near Rockridge BART), and November 13 at the New College of California Creamery, 780 Valencia St. (between 18th and 19th Streets), San Francisco (near 16th St BART). Both days 7:00-9:30pm Donations accepted $5-25 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Sponsored by The Urban Permaculture Guild in collaboration with Bay Localize, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Urban Alliance for Sustainability.

    Lakeman's presentation compares the historic settlement patterns of village societies with the dominant forces of Western colonization as a context for describing City Repair's work. As both an organization and a larger movement, The City Repair Project inspires and guides the transformation of the grid infrastructure of the typical American city into a vital social commons. For more information, visit their website at

  • Green Festival, November 10-12 at the Concourse Exhibition Center (635 8th St @ Brannan St.) in San Francisco. Sponsored by Global Exchange and Coop America. Rooftop Resources Project Lead Organizer Ingrid Severson will be presenting with Cliff Paulin of the Greater Ukiah Localization Project (GULP) on Saturday, Nov. 11 @ 7 pm in the Lobby Lounge and Bay Localize will be tabling onsite with Garden for the Environment.

  • Rooftop Resources Project Meeting, October 26 @ 6:30 pm at the Rockridge Public Library, 5366 College Ave. in Oakland, (near Rockridge BART). Sponsored by Bay Localize. Hear a report-back on the results of the Rooftop Project team's initial policy research, engage in a discussion of the project's objectives and timeline, and learn about opportunities to join new task forces on rainwater catchment and rooftop gardens! For more information, contact Lead Organizer Ingrid Severson at

  • "Oil Independence by 2020" Resolution Hearing, October 17 @ 7 pm Hearing, Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (between 14th and 15th Streets at Clay Street).

    Councilmember Nancy Nadel's proposed resolution to create a Task Force to make Oakland Oil Independent by 2020 will be discussed by the full City Council (agenda item S-22). For more information, call Marisa Arrona at (510) 238-7031 or e-mail her at

  • "Oil Independence by 2020" Resolution - Press Conference and Public Hearing, October 10 @ Noon (Press Conference) / 12:30 pm Hearing, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (between 14th and 15th Streets at Clay Street).

    The noon press conference (organized by the Oakland Apollo Alliance) will feature Oakland Councilmember Nancy Nadel, Ella Baker Center Executive Director Van Jones, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Manager Victor Uno. Bay Area Relocalize Co-founder David Room will also speak on behalf of the resolution at the public hearing that directly follows.

  • Rooftop Resources Project Kickoff Meeting!, September 27 @ 6:30 pm at the Grand Lake Neighborhood Center, 530 Lake Park Ave. in Oakland. Sponsored by Bay Area Relocalize. BAR's Rooftop Lead Project Organizer Ingrid Severson will be facilitating a discussion on the potential for rooftop development in our urban core and the feasibility assessment now underway.

  • Green Collar Jobs Solutions Salon, September 21 at the Laney College Theatre (900 Fallon Street) in Oakland. Sponsored by Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the Oakland Apollo Alliance. BAR will be tabling at this event.

  • Simplicity Conference: Living More With Less, September 9 at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church (1330 Lakeshore Ave.) in Oakland. BAR's Aaron Lehmer will be speaking on the connections between community self-reliance, simpler living, and a lighter footprint on the earth.

  • Power to the Peaceful Festival, September 9 in Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow in San Francisco. BAR will be tabling at this event.

Bay Area Relocalize Project Kick-off:

Preparing Our Communities for the End of Cheap Oil

March 31: Project Kick-off Event

WHERE: The Forum @ Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607

WHEN: 7:30 - 10:00 pm

Join us for the official launch event of Bay Area Relocalize, a ground-breaking project of Post Carbon Institute that's catalyzing a regional transition away from over-reliance on fossil fuels. Hear from leaders in the growing peak oil and community relocalization movement, and learn about ways you can get involved to bring the production of food, energy, water, and other vital resources closer to home.


  • Julian Darley, Founder, Post Carbon Institute and author, High Noon for Natural Gas

  • Dave Room, Director of Municipal Response, Post Carbon Institute and co-author Relocalize Now! (forthcoming)

  • Jason Bradford, Founder, Willits Economic Localization Project

  • Nicole Lee, Political Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights/Reclaim the Future

  • Moderator/Introducer: Aaron Lehmer, U.S. Program Coordinator, Post Carbon Institute

COST: $10 at the door, or FREE with your Relocalization Workshop registration (see April 1 event notice)

Relocalization Workshop:

Preparing Our Communities for the End of Cheap Oil


April 1: All-Day Relocalization Workshop

WHERE: Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

WHEN: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

How can individuals foster awareness in their community of the need to live sustainably? This workshop draws from the instructors' experience in Willits, California, where the need to "localize" food, energy and the production of basic goods has garnered broad political appeal. Learn how to frame messages around common values, motivate action based on the tension between fear and desire, and explore some "how-to" guidelines for organizing communities around an economic relocalization agenda.

Instructors: Jason Bradford and Brian Weller, Willits Economic Localization Project


  • Hands-on instruction from the Willits Economic Localization Project organizers

  • Morning and Afternoon Sessions Covering:
    • Fostering public awareness of the need to relocalize
    • Using the "Inventory, Vision, Plan, Action" process
    • Conducting a local asset and natural resource assessment
    • Mobilizing and activating your community

  • Organic lunch!

COST*: $95 Regular Admission or $65 Nonprofit/Educator/Activist Rate
               [Includes access to evening kick-off.]

Homegrown (Workshop Afterparty)

February 16, 2006: Bay Area Relocalize: Preparing for the End of Cheap Oil

A special event at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Avenue (near Dwight Way), Berkeley, CA 94702.

This panel discussion features Dave Room of Post Carbon Institute, Aaron Lehmer, project manager of Bay Area Relocalize, Bethany Schroeder of the Tompkins County Relocalization Project, and Brahm Ahmadi of Peoples Grocery. 

In response to the growing concerns around climate change and the end of cheap oil, Post Carbon Institute has launched an exciting new project called Bay Area Relocalize. The project is assessing our region’s use of resources and developing a model for local communities to bring the production of our food, energy and essential goods closer to home. We are connecting with neighborhoods, businesses, and community groups to mobilize around reducing our consumption of resources from outside the region and replacing them with local resources.  Examples include creating community gardens, installing solar panels on homes and businesses, capturing rainwater, improving public transit, and building affordable homes nearer to where we work. This 2-hour, public event will feature a panel of presenters from the project and Q&A.

This is a benefit for Bay Area Relocalize and The Ecology Center.
Requested donation of $5-20 (sliding scale). No one turned away for lack of funds.


dahveed – 16 February, 2006 – 12:48