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Due to COVID19 SIP our presentations and concerts are being held

via ZOOM and on YouTube Live Stream.

Visit our YouTube channel to view past programs.

Join the Hillside Club in participating in the international Plastic Free July challenge, as we ask the question 

Plastic or Planet??

Enjoy watching our latest presentation, a special collaboration with the Ecology Center.










You will gain information about what has changed since the pandemic, tips for reducing single-use plastic in your lives and in our world, and what is really recyclable. For more information, see the description below.

On Thursday, July 30th at 6 pm, join us for a watch party of the feature length documentary: The Story of Plastic,

an in-depth, compelling local presentation that is must-see viewing if you care about your planet!

It reveals the extent of this global environmental and health crisis.The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Martin Bourque. 


Click below to watch the presentation:

Plastic and the Pandemic: how we curb increased use


While our planet has benefited in numerous ways from the Great Lull

imposed by the COVID-19 virus, plastic use, especially

single-use plastic, is on the rise. Join Hillside Club Vice President

Arlene Baxter in conversation with Martin Bourque, Executive Director

of the Ecology Center, as they discuss the dynamics of this change, and

suggestions for positive action.  They will provide background to plastic

use and disposal, both around the world and especially here in the

Bay Area, and provide an update from when they co-sponsored an

event a year ago entitled The Plastic Crisis.

The presentation will conclude with suggestions for positive changes that

individuals can take to limit plastic use in their own households, as well as

influencing change within communities and industry. Look forward to

snippets from the feature film The Story of Plastic, as well as curated

comments from other experts in this field. 


This event is jointly sponsored by the Ecology Center, the

Bridge Association of REALTORS, and The Hillside Club, and is part

of the 2020 events of Plastic Free July.


If you have questions, on the topic of Plastic and the Pandemic,

please send them to Arlene at EastBay.Bungalows@gmail.com


Martin Bourque

Executive Director, Ecology Center

Since 2000, Martin has led the Ecology Center, a community-based organization incorporated on Earth Day in 1970. Under Martin's leadership, the Ecology Center is leveraging local direct community service programs to have state and national impact. Martin has spearheaded innovative efforts such as creating a farmers’ market industry group, pioneering electronic food stamp access and incentives at farmers’ markets, and passing the nation’s first Soda Tax. By linking local grassroots grit with highly competent program implementation, and increasingly effective policy advocacy, Martin has led the Ecology Center to become a high impact engine for change.


Arlene Baxter

 Arlene is a Realtor by occupation, with a special interest in and knowledge of homes in the styles of the Arts & Crafts movement. It was thus a natural fit for her to become active at the Hillside Club, a 1924 John White design, where she currently serves as Vice President, and coordinator of the Fireside Series of presentations. She is also a passionate environmental activist, chairing the Climate Action Committee of the local Association of REALTORS. She also helped create the Green Designation of the National Association of REALTORS, a designation she holds.