- Save The Bay
- October 5, 2018
Every year, Facebook gives hundreds of their interns the chance to leave their laptops behind and make a difference outdoors, along the Bay. “People need that connection with the Earth,” says Lauren Swezey. “When I’ve been inside all day, and then I take a step outdoors and inhale, exhale… I can feel my mood changing.” As Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager, Lauren forms partnerships with environmental organizations like Save The Bay. “It’s important for us to pass a healthy Bay on to our kids and grandkids. The next generations are what drive me to improve our environment, to get others passionate about renewable energy, sustainable homes, and the natural world.”Lauren is convinced: it takes a community to battle the toughest environmental problems. “We have a huge challenge ahead of us with climate change, and it’s going to take everyone working together to solve it. It can’t just come from one area. It has to ring the entire Bay Area.” Facebook helps lead the charge by supporting environmental stewardship across the region. For the last three years, it has sponsored Bay Day, an official holiday that unites Bay Area communities to celebrate San Francisco Bay, its people and wildlife. Hundreds of its employees have also made a huge impact out in the field restoring wetlands and reducing pollution alongside our Restoration staff. Now, Save The Bay is thrilled to shine the spotlight on Facebook for its generous support of other environmental causes around the Bay Area. When Lauren shared a few of these collaborative efforts with us, we pictured the bird and wildlife habitat our staff and caring community work to protect.