California Water Service pledges $ 200,000 to advance


SAN JOSE, Calif., December 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – As part of its commitments to promote environmental stewardship and support education in the socio-economically disadvantaged areas it serves, California Water Service ( Cal Water) has pledged $ 200,000 to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (Foundation). The donation, announced at the Foundation’s holiday reception last night, will help the Foundation continue its global mission, including exploring future opportunities for youth outreach programs in the region to deepen knowledge about conservation and how to protect marine life and the ecosystem.

The Foundation and Cal Water look forward to a long-term partnership dedicated to educating the next generation in areas such as Cal Water’s Salinas and King City neighborhoods in Monterey Bay, where they will learn about the unique marine habitat and how they can be responsible stewards. of the environment. The Foundation is co-chaired by Secretary Leon Panetta, President of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy; and Hilary Bryant, co-founder and vice president of strategic alliances for Buoy Labs.

“When I first helped create the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, I hoped we could make a difference by keeping the beautiful condition I lived in and loved beautiful for generations to come. come, ”said Secretary Leon Panetta, co-chair of the Foundation and alumnus of the United States. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA. “Partnering with California Water Service will help us take a big step forward in our mission to educate the public, protect biodiversity and improve ecosystem health at the sanctuary. “

“As a water utility caring for the environment and our communities well beyond our job description to provide safe and reliable water service, we are pleased to partner with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to support its mission and educate our youth, ”said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO of Cal Water. “Climate change has had an impact on our ecosystems, but it’s a way to help shape the future, to broaden the horizons of our young people – especially those who might not otherwise have opportunities. like this, and protect the California we call home. We look forward to working with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Chapter Director Ginaia Kelly on new approaches to achieve our common goal of ensuring that future generations enjoy our majestic coastal marine ecosystem.

“Our goal is to inspire and educate the public to protect the sanctuary, wildlife and ecosystem, and being able to reach and teach more children offers benefits that will last long beyond. a visit, ”said Fred Keeley, Foundation Treasurer and former State Member of the Assembly. “Cal Water’s donation is the largest donation the Foundation has ever received, and we are excited about the opportunities it will present to our next generation of scientists and environmental stewards.

About Cal Water
California Water Service serves approximately 2 million people through 492,600 service connections in California. The utility has provided water services in the state since 1926. Additional information can be obtained online at www.calwater.com.

About the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is the local nonprofit partner of NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and its primary advocate. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire the public to protect biodiversity and improve the health of the sanctuary’s ecosystems by participating in and supporting the sanctuary’s programs, projects and partnerships.

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