Beyond the Field: Bringing Home the Marsh

A frequent question I hear from our volunteers is: How can we help protect the Bay every day? It always excites me when people are inspired to continue saving the Bay after leaving our programs and luckily, it’s easy to do! Simple changes to everyday behavior can greatly reduce a person’s environmental impact and help protect our Bay. Below is a list of ways to bring home the work we do protecting our tidal marshes. Pick and choose what works for you, there are many options!

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room and use natural light during the day.
  • Compost and recycle! Did you know that San Francisco has a mandatory recycling and composting ordinance? Every event in San Francisco is required to offer recycling and composting. The city also offers composting programs to all homes and businesses. Many other cities and counties offer home composting programs as well!
  • Use reusable containers for snacks, water, and other drinks. Many restaurants and cafes now allow customers to bring their own reusable containers.
  • Plant native plants in your garden. Native plants provide habitat and food for animals, help buffer against flooding and erosion, and filter pollutants.
  • Take shorter showers and do fuller loads of laundry.
  • Buy locally grown produce. We are lucky to live in an area where this is possible! Check out your local farmers market, community supported agriculture (CSA), or grocery store to see what’s in season. Buying locally grown food reduces “food miles” and the emissions generated transporting food.
  • Bike, walk, scooter, or take public transportation instead of driving.
  • Unplug or use power strips to avoid drawing phantom power: many gadgets draw power even when they are turned off or not in use and this energy usage adds up!
  • Use energy star appliances.
  • Use reusable bags. Did you know that many counties and cities in the Bay Area have banned plastic bags? Check here to see if yours is one of them.
  • Green your wardrobe. Check out websites that sell eco-friendly clothing, organize a clothing swap, or shop at thrifts stores.

Last, but certainly not least, talk to people about the Bay! Share interesting facts, exciting news, favorite places to hang out, or anything you love about our beautiful Bay.