Save The Bay to Honor Geologist Dr. Doris Sloan at Founding Members’ Tea

May 14, 2013

Save The Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, is proud to honor local geologist and environmental activist, Dr. Doris Sloan, at the organization’s annual event for founding members.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at the Berkeley Yacht Club. Speakers include Sloan, Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis.

Doris Sloan is a local environmental icon and respected adjunct professor of Geology at UC Berkeley, who worked with Save The Bay in the early 1980s to stop a massive development on the wetlands of San Pablo Bay. Research conducted with her students was used by state agencies to make the case for stopping the development.

In her widely praised book Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region (UC Press, 2006), Sloan described how plate tectonics, waves, rivers, and human activities shaped the San Francisco Bay Area, making the geologic history of the region accessible to ordinary citizens.
"I am very pleased to be honored at the Founders' Tea,” said Sloan. “My association with Save The Bay goes back almost four decades, and I have always been proud of the many ways that Save The Bay has found to protect and restore our wonderful Bay."

Following an early career as a lobbyist for a Quaker Friends group, Sloan returned to school at 41 to become a Geologist, after discovering her passion for the subject while on a High Sierra course taught by UC Berkeley Geologist Clyde Wahrhaftig. She received her M.S. in Geology from UC Berkeley in 1975, and her Ph.D in Paleontology, also from UC Berkeley, in 1981. Sloan has been involved with many local environmental movements including Save The Bay. She worked with and served on the board for Citizens for East Shore Parks and helped stop a proposed nuclear power plant at Bodega Head in the 1960s.

“We’re happy to honor Doris for her contributions to the Bay,” said David Lewis, executive director of Save The Bay. “Her work has had a profound and lasting impact on the health of the Bay and she is a continuing inspiration.”
About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Asthe Bay’s leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay remains dedicated to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. We protect our natural treasure from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development; restore habitat; and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 40,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.