Community Stories

In Alameda County, we know powerful and lasting change comes from the ground up. That’s why we’re showcasing leaders in our community that are passionate about cleaner energy and choose to support EBCE as the county’s community choice energy provider. The opportunity for change has never been brighter and it starts with us.

Nicole G., Berkeley

I understand the essential role clean energy plays in ensuring a healthy planet for future generations. EBCE prioritizes providing the type of energy that its community wants, and that benefits its community most.quotation mark graphic

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Lynn Gorfinkle

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Roam Artisan Burgers, Oakland

Roam Artisan Burgers is a fast-casual artisan burger restaurant located in Uptown, Oakland.

​We have shared interests with EBCE in supporting the community and clean energy. At Roam Artisan Burgers, we have created an environmentally-sound restaurant, with energy-efficient appliances, power-conscious LED lighting and reclaimed wood​.​ We run state-of-the art recycling and composting programs, with a goal of diverting the majority of our waste away from landfills​.quotation mark graphic

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Pacific Ring Sports has been a local martial arts gym since 2004, specializing in Muay Thai, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, and MMA. They enjoy being in Alameda County because of the diversity of culture and great weather.

Michael Regnier

Owner, Pacific Ring Sports

We believe EBCE means a sustainable future for Alameda County. We’ve recently installed sustainable hand dryers at our gym to reduce energy use.quotation mark graphic

Beth W., Oakland

I love Oakland’s climate, diverse population, political progressiveness and the county-wide availability of all kinds of cultural amenities. With EBCE, both cleaner energy at stable rates and promoting local jobs and businesses will benefit everyone in our community.quotation mark graphic

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Schnitzer and Pick-n-pull have been proudly serving the City of Oakland and Alameda County for over 60 years. They believe that similar to EBCE, their business contributes to local benefits and a sustainable future.

Robert Ellsworth

Sustainable Program Manager, Schnitzer Steel (Pick-n-Pull)

As one of North America’s largest metal recyclers and a manufacturer of finished steel, we exemplify our commitment to sustainability by how we conduct our recycling operations. We hope to continue to support all sustainability efforts that benefit community members. quotation mark graphic

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Five Little Monkeys is a toy store with locations in both Albany and Berkeley. They also have locations in Walnut Creek, Novato, and Burlingame.

Stephanie Sala

Owner, Five Little Monkeys

Stephanie says, “We feel very connected to the local East Bay community. We try to choose practices that are sustainable, such as using energy efficient light bulbs and equipment to selling eco-friendly toys.”

Five Little Monkeys has high hopes about the East Bay’s future and wants to encourage children about sustainable living.quotation mark graphic

Igor T., Berkeley

I envision a future without fossil fuels and the opportunity for our community to make their own decisions around their energy sourcing, without having to worry about whether they can afford it. With EBCE, we can now opt in to cleaner energy choices and have the power to make decisions for our community.quotation mark graphic

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House Kombucha is a family-run, community business dedicated to bringing the ancient tradition of fermenting living, probiotic teas into modern light. Founded by Rana Lehmer-Chang in 2009, it’s become an integral part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s thriving food economy.

Beyond just making a great tasting and healthy beverage, they are a young, owner-operated, social enterprise. They value quality craftsmanship, health and safety, local economic development, and environmental stewardship. They distribute their kombucha in bottles and kegs through a growing network of coops, neighborhood cafes, offices, popular grocery outlets, and natural food stores.

Rana Lehmer-Chang

Founder, House Kombucha, San Leandro

We love being part of the rich tapestry of diverse communities and businesses here in Alameda County, and have a strong customer base in the East Bay. We fully support the economic transition to clean, locally generated energy, and look forward to new opportunities with East Bay Community Energy to power our own operations with wind and solar!quotation mark graphic

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Kira Stoll

Director of Sustainability, UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley has a breadth of sustainability practices, goals and policies as well as an extensive academic/research portfolio on energy, climate, environment, business, policy, and law, so choosing EBCE is a natural choice.

Joining EBCE helps ensure UC Berkeley meets its commitment – and the larger goal of the University of California system’s “Carbon Neutrality Initiative” – to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025.quotation mark graphic

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