Save The Bay Teams Up With University Of Phoenix To Clean Up and Restore The Bay Shoreline

September 24, 2010

Today Save The Bay, the oldest and largest organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, will team up with the staff, students and alumni of well-known education provider, University of Phoenix, to pick up trash at one of Save The Bay's six restoration sites around the Bay – Eden Landing Ecological Reserve in Hayward. The University of Phoenix is an ardent supporter of the organization and today's community service event represents yet another way the University is helping Save The Bay achieve its goals to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.
 
"Save The Bay relies upon support from large businesses to help us further our work to stop inappropriate Bay fill, prevent pollution from harming the Bay and to restore 100,000 acres of healthy Bay wetlands," said David Lewis, Executive Director of Save The Bay. "We are grateful to the University of Phoenix for its ongoing contributions to the organization."

“At the University of Phoenix we are committed to giving back to the communities we serve, and are very excited to volunteer with Save The Bay as we join in the effort to protect, restore, and celebrate San Francisco Bay,” said Stacy McAfee, Campus Director for the University of Phoenix Bay Area Campus. “We asked our staff, students, and alumni to join us today, and donate a few hours of their time as we work together to clean the waterways throughout the Bay Area.”

University of Phoenix Ongoing Supporter of Save The Bay
Since 2009, the University of Phoenix has helped Save The Bay advance its core strategic goals: to stop inappropriate shoreline development and Bay fill, improve Bay water quality by reducing pollution and re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh around the Bay. Last summer, the University of Phoenix made a significant contribution to Save The Bay when they matched individual donations up to $50,000 during the nonprofit's Summer Challenge Grant. To help promote the Challenge, University staff went above and beyond by creating compelling web graphics, screensavers and social media icons to drive traffic to Save The Bay's website. The University of Phoenix Foundation also awarded Save The Bay a $40,000 grant for its Watershed Education Program to provide outdoor learning opportunities to diverse communities. 

Today's event demonstrates another way corporations can support Save The Bay – through pure physical labor. Getting an early start on tomorrow's statewide Coastal Cleanup Day event, more than 50 University of Phoenix volunteers from all over the Bay Area – namely Concord, Fremont, Livermore, Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose – will scour the former salt ponds at Eden Landing, picking up trash and marine debris to improve habitat for wildlife. The group will also record the volume and type of trash they collect, which is important data that cities and counties can use to evaluate the amount of trash reaching the Bay.

Save The Bay Offers Restoration Programs for Corporate and Community Groups
Over 100 businesses and community groups, including the University of Phoenix, PG&E, REI and CLIF Bar, participate in Save The Bay's Community-based Restoration programs each year. These programs are hosted at beautiful Bayside parks in Hayward, Mill Valley, Oakland, Palo Alto and Redwood City, and consist of hands-on volunteer habitat restoration projects, such as planting native seedlings, removing invasive weeds, transplanting seedlings, and shoreline cleanup. Save The Bay's experienced restoration staff also teach volunteers about the wetland ecosystem, Bay history, salt pond restoration, and ways to keep the Bay clean and healthy for people and wildlife.

"Our hands-on restoration programs are a fun and proactive way for business and community groups to help establish vital habitat for sensitive and rare species, while also allowing them the opportunity for team-building and community service along the beautiful Bay shoreline," says Save The Bay Habitat Restoration Director Darcie Collins, Ph.D.

Corporate or community groups interested in learning more about or scheduling a Community-based Restoration Program with Save The Bay can do so online at http://www.savesfbay.org/corporate-and-group-programs.

About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay.  As its leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay protects the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife.  We 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 25,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually. www.saveSFbay.org

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of May 31, 2010, 476,500 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. www.phoenix.edu