Building a Better Bay Together

Every day, I’m grateful for the privilege of living and working in the Bay Area: its stunning views, natural wonders, vibrant cities and diverse communities. San Francisco Bay connects us all in one way or the other.

While it would be easy to take our surroundings for granted, Bay Day reminds us of the beauty and uniqueness of the San Francisco Bay and the ecological imperative to take action to protect it. That’s why PG&E is excited to celebrate the second annual Bay Day on October 7, and proud to be a lead sponsor – it’s a wonderful event with an important purpose.

Climate change and rising sea levels threaten San Francisco Bay and the communities that call the Bay Area home. As the ecological and economic heart of our region, the Bay’s resiliency in the face of climate change, extreme weather and population pressures must be a priority for us all.

Here at PG&E, we’re committed to leading by example when it comes to climate change. That means adapting our operations and infrastructure to changing climate conditions, as well as supporting efforts at the local level to make the communities we serve more resilient. We’re also leading the way in providing clean energy to our customers, with nearly 70% of our energy derived from sources that don’t emit greenhouse gases.

PG&E Volunteer Day

Just a few weeks ago I was pleased to lead my team on a volunteer restoration event with Save The Bay at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Shoreline in Oakland.  We were welcomed by passionate and knowledgeable Save The Bay staff, and make no mistake, staffers Kenneth and Silas put us right to work!  Not only did PG&E employee volunteers remove nearly 1,300 pounds of invasive plant species in just a few hours, we also learned about the vital role tidal wetlands play in protecting the shoreline from flooding and rising tides.  Our team was energized by our work, and we left the day feeling proud we played a part in protecting and beautifying San Francisco Bay.  A win-win for all involved!

To help everyone enjoy our amazing Bay Area, PG&E has sponsored My Bay Day Adventure Guide: an interactive, online guide that will help you take advantage of all the Bay has to offer.

The more we celebrate our beautiful Bay, the more committed we will collectively be to its healthy future. As a member of the Save The Bay Board of Directors, a Bay Area resident and a fellow advocate for the environment, I invite you to take time on October 7 to celebrate this important day and give back to the region that offers us so much. Together, we can leave a beautiful and resilient San Francisco Bay for generations to come.

Coming soon… Bay Day 2017!

Bay Day 2017

The Bay Area is full of stunning views, amazing nature, vibrant cities, diverse communities, and a beautiful Bay that connects us all. We love this place, and it wouldn’t be the same without San Francisco Bay. That’s why we’re inviting you to celebrate the second annual Bay Day on Saturday, October 7

Last year, thousands of people took part in over 50 events across 39 cities, and 7 counties declared Bay Day as an official annual celebration. This year’s Bay Day is set to be bigger and better!

So, stay tuned for more information about outdoor and on-water activities, hands-on programs from our partners, and free and discounted events happening around the Bay on Oct 7! In the meantime, don’t forget to add Bay Day to your calendar.

We hope you’ll join us in marking this one-of-a-kind regional holiday this fall.

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Our 2016 Accomplishments for the Bay

Saving the Bay by Sustaining the Bay: A Year of Firsts…

This year has been decorated with big wins for the Bay. Highlights of 2016 include the historic passage of Measure AA, Prop 67, and nine of 10 local ballot measures we endorsed for the first time in Save The Bay’s history. While November’s election is a setback to environmental progress at the federal level, our 2016 accomplishments give us momentum here at home, where local and regional victories will be more important than ever.

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In early 2016 we published a visionary 2020 Strategic Plan, which maps out our ambitious path to healthy wetlands, Bay Smart communities, and a region that is resilient in the face of climate change.

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We installed 107,239 plants at sites around the Bay, creating important habitat for native and migrating birds.

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Save The Bay was instrumental in passing Proposition 67, a statewide bag ban that will keep billions of plastic bags from polluting our ocean, communities, and waterways, and Proposition 56, which will reduce the flow of toxic, plastic cigarette butts into our waterways.

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For the first time in Save The Bay’s history, we endorsed 10 local ballot measures that will contribute to a cleaner, healthier Bay and more sustainable Bay Area. With our support, nine of these measures were passed by voters.

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Our 4,830 volunteers contributed nearly 15,000 hours to shoreline restoration projects, and we provided 2,500 local students with hands-on volunteer opportunities.

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Culminating a decade of planning and preparation, we passed regional Measure AA, which will generate $500 million for the restoration of Bay wetlands. Thanks to our tireless advocacy, more than 70% of Bay Area voters supported Measure AA.

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Working with nearly 40 cities and counties across the Bay, we created Bay Day, one official day for our entire region to celebrate San Francisco Bay. In its inaugural year, Bay Day reached over 2 million Bay Area residents.

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Save The Bay and our supporters successfully advocated for a ban on outdoor smoking at Sunnyvale bus stops, shopping areas, festivals, and farmers markets. Our success will help protect wildlife from toxic, plastic cigarette butts, and are a model for other communities.

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We removed 7,200 lbs. of trash from the Bay shoreline, making our marshes cleaner and healthier.

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We launched Save The Bay’s new Bay Investors Council, bringing together Bay Area leaders and influencers who support Save The Bay financially and introduces the organization to new friends. We hosted our inaugural Bay Investors Council event on Bay Day with a catamaran sail on the Bay.

Download the PDF version of our 2016 Accomplishments here.

Bay Day 2016: a day of celebration

Earlier this month, thousands of Bay Area residents and dozens of  community organizations celebrated the first-ever Bay Day. Here’s a quick look at how we marked this new regional holiday:

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50 ways to celebrate the Bay on Bay Day

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Join us on Saturday, October 1 and remember to tag your Bay Day photos with #SFBayDay.

 

East Bay
Wetland Restoration with Save The Bay 9am – 12pm
Healthy Parks, Healthy People Walk at MLK Regional Shoreline 10am – 12pm
East Bay Regional Park District: Family Nature Fun at Crab Cove 2pm – 3pm
Group Bike Ride in San Leandro with Bike East Bay 10:30am – 1:30pm
Berkeley Group Bike Ride with Bike East Bay 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Lindsay Wildlife Experience: Meet Bay Animals! 10am – 5pm
Bay Trail Audio Tours Narrated by Doug McConnell All day
$4 Pints at 21st Amendment Brewery 12pm – 10pm
North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance Festival 11am – 4pm
Warning, Warning & Watermark Film Screening at David Brower Center 2pm – 4pm
North Bay
Marine Mammal Center: Tours and Free Admission 10am – 5pm
Sonoma Land Trust: Sears Point Tidal Marsh Docent-Led Walk 10am – 12pm
Walking Tour around the Bay Model 10am – 12:30pm
Discounted Kayaking & SUP at Sea Trek 8:30am – 5pm
Bike the Bay – Ridge Trail’s Carquinez Scenic Loop 9am
Paddle the Benicia Water Trail 9am – 11:30am
Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Bay with Roger Leventhal and Sonoma Land Trust 9am – 10am
Napa Valley Museum’s Oktoberfest Celebration 11am – 4pm
Bay Day at Bay Area Discovery Museum 9am – 5pm
San Francisco
Coastal Cleanup at Heron’s Head Park 1pm – 3pm
No Butts in the Bay Beach Clean Up 1pm – 4pm
Farallon Island Expedition Discount 10:30am – 4:30pm
Discounted Adventure Cat Bay Sail 1pm – 3pm
Bay Day Boat Ride: Loop around the Bay 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Swim Across America with Baykeeper 8am – 12pm
Group Bike Ride with SF Bike Coalition 11am – 1pm
City Kayak Discounted Tours
Discounted Segway Tours of San Francisco 9am – 7:30pm
CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market celebrate Bay Day and National Seafood Month 9am – 1:30pm
Bay Day Giveaways at PIER 39 12pm – 2pm
Discounted Admission at Aquarium of the Bay 10am – 7pm
Intimate Marine Life of SF Bay at Exploratorium 12pm – 3pm
Reusable Bag Crafts at the Sea Lion Center 10:30am – 4:30pm
Bean Sprouts Family Day at the San Francisco Botanical Garden 1pm – 4pm
Peninsula & South Bay
Wetland Restoration with Save The Bay 9am – 12pm
Sloughkeepers Paddle and Cleanup of Alviso Slough 11am
Bay Trail Walk 9:30am – 10:45am
Climate Change and the Bay Hike at Ravenswood Open Space Preserve 2pm – 4pm
Wisdom of the Watershed Docent-Led Hike at Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve 10am – 12pm
Group Bike Ride with Silicon Valley Bike Coalition 10:30am – 1:30pm
Free Admission at CuriOdyssey 10am – 5pm
Marine Science Institute Boat Tours at PortFest 10:00am – 3:00pm
Learn to Kayak + Tour of Bair Island with REI 9am – 3pm
Inner Bair Island Bay Day Walk 10am – 11am
Tai Chi at the Refuge 9:30am – 10:30am
Bay Day Bike Ride at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge 10:30am – 11:30am
Facebook Farmers Market feat. Save The Bay 2pm – 5pm
PortFest in Redwood City 10am – 3pm
“Walking The Bay 2” Photography Exhibit 12pm – 4pm
Bay Day Litter Poster Making at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge 10am – 11am
Virtual Reality & Sea Level Rise with Look Ahead-San Mateo 10am – 2pm