California State Parks would like to thank the following Proud Partners for their support to enhance and promote state parks:
About Coca-Cola and Stater Bros. Markets
2012 is the fourth year that the Coca-Cola Refreshments and Stater Bros. Markets have teamed up to initiate environmental stewardship programs through the raising of much-needed funds for California State Parks.
This year’s campaign is called “Preserve Our Parks: So They Are Here Tomorrow.” The six-week campaign has the goal of $1 million dollars for support of Southern California parklands. In 2011, over $700,000 was raised through their in-store consumer challenge. Coke and Stater Bros. funds were used for nature preservation, beach clean-up and maintenance activities across six counties.
In 2010 their "Care For Our Coast" campaign provided stewardship to "5 Million Feet of California Coastline." These funds were designed to support beach clean-up, dune restoration, recycling and maintenance at state parks. The "Reforest California" campaign in 2009 focused on planting trees in parks that were destroyed by wildfire. The program also funded education programs about fire danger and restoration in Southern California State Parks. Coke and Stater Bros. challenged consumers to help raise funds for the project by purchasing Coca Cola family products and by donating on their own. In 6 weeks, enough funds were raised for plant over1 million new trees in state parks. Stater Bros. promoted the program in-store at its' 166 locations throughout Southern California, and through their weekly circulars that reach 3.8MM families per week. The “Reforest California” campaign is considered one of the larger public reforestation projects in California and received Harvard’s JFK School of Government’s “Bright Idea” Award.
About Renova Fort Ross Foundation
The Renova Fort Ross Foundation was created by the Renova Group of Companies to serve as a key organization in raising private and public funding for Fort Ross State Historic Park. The historic site preserves the Fort Ross Settlement, a Russian colony founded in 1812 by members of the Russian-American Company. Never before has California State Parks entered into such an agreement with a foreign business group from a foreign nation for such a partnership. This internationally developed public-private partnership has resulted in the creation of a cutting edge program that serves the people of California and opens an important cross-cultural exchange between Russia and California. Beyond the financial help, the Renova Fort Ross Foundation partnership is especially fitting because this park is Russian in its origins and there is a strong attachment to the park from the Russian community living in California. The Foundation is making a significant donation to the State Historic Park for repair of the “Rotchev House,” a National Historic Landmark, in preparation for the Fort Ross Bicentennial celebration in July 2012.
About Sempervirens Fund
Sempervirens Fund has been protecting coast redwood forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and other important natural features of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains for over a century. The organization formed in 1900 around a grassroots effort to acquire the first 3,800 acres that were to become Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's oldest state park. Since then, Sempervirens Fund has protected thousands of acres of redwood forests, most of which have been incorporated into Big Basin Redwoods, Butano, Castle Rock, and Portola Redwoods State Parks. One of their most recent conservation projects, completed with the Peninsula Open Space Trust, was for the protection and transfer of the 535-acre Little Basin property to State Parks along with a stewardship fund to support its upkeep. Little Basin includes a campground, picnic and recreation areas, and hiking trails and is now a part of Big Basin Redwoods State Park.
Sempervirens Fund also supports the state parks of the Santa Cruz Mountains through forest restoration work and the enhancement of visitor amenities. They donated $250,000 for the recent renovation of the historic Campfire Center in Big Basin Redwoods State Park and are currently designing and creating a new entrance for Castle Rock State Park.
About Save the Redwoods League
Since 1918, Save The Redwoods League has preserved many of California’s ancient redwood forests and redwood ecosystems, thus ensuring that current and future generations can experience the awe and peace inspired by these precious natural wonders. The League saves redwoods because they are rare; they only exist naturally in central and Northern California and Southern Oregon. Save The Redwoods League purchases threatened woodlands and restores logged forests to their majestic state. Since its establishment more than 90 years ago, the League has protected more than 181,000 acres of pristine redwood forests and helped develop 59 redwood parks and reserves for all to enjoy. As part of their partnership with California State Parks, Save The Redwoods League is sponsoring the California State Parks Redwood Parks Brochure Program.
About Raley's Family of Fine Stores
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has established a new “NickelAid” program to generate support for California State Parks. When shoppers use a reusable grocery bag at any Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods or Food Source stores they won’t just be helping the environment, they will help raise money to build sustainability of state park units, beginning with the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento. For every customer using their own grocery bag, Raley’s will donate 5 cents to a special California State Parks fund. Raley’s will absorb all administrative costs related to the program so that all of the money raised will be contributed to State Parks. The company has committed up to $75,000 to California State Parks for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Raley’s will promote their fundraising campaign throughout its stores, on its website and at the checkout lanes at all of its 133 stores located from California’s Central Coast to the California/Oregon border and east to Elko, Nevada. For more information, visit their website at www.raleys.com/nickelaid .
Bosch partnered with California State Parks to preserve and enhance the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park located in Sacramento. The company installed state-of-the-art building technology to make the 133 year-old historic home more environmentally friendly and secure. Bosch donated a hot water heater unit as well as a comprehensive intrusion and fire alarm system. The mounted heating technology, a Bosch’s condensing tankless water heater as well as the Ariston point-of-use electric mini tank, will reduce the hot water bill of the Governor's Mansion by up to 50 percent. The new security system, a G Series control panel model. is designed with features to help make security easy while giving comprehensive coverage. "Maria and I are thrilled that Bosch stepped up to support one of our state treasures. By using state-of-the-art building technology to retrofit this historic site, we will im-prove security as well as energy efficiency, resulting in lower carbon emissions and lower utility costs in the years to come”, said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Farmer John Hot Dogs entered into partnership with State Parks in 2011 to provide new outdoor cooking grills at some of Southern California’s best beaches. Their support will help enhance many of the state’s favorite places to play and grill at 5 state beaches across Southern California: Doheny, San Onofre, Huntington, Point Mugu, and Carpinteria. Farmer John’s partnership encourages everyone to enjoy outdoor activities and grilling, of course. Their commitment to State Parks is based on their strong understanding of how important these places are to local communities. Southern California State Beaches service over millions of California residents each and every year.
About the American Chemistry Council
The California Department of Parks and Recreation, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and Keep California Beautiful (KCB) are encouraging Californians to take advantage of the hundreds of new opportunities to recycle plastics and many other items. Since November 2007, new recycle bins have been placed in state parks throughout the San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Monterey/Santa Cruz areas. The goal is to provide new recycling opportunities to help keep recyclable plastics out of the ocean and waterways and off our beaches and to divert waste from our landfills.
About Subaru of America
California State Parks developed a 2009 partnership with the Subaru of America, Inc. manufacturing company for a two-year vehicle assessment program. As part of this partnership, Subaru provided Outback 4-cyclinder vehicles to be used by California State Parks. This pilot program is to access the utility of the Subaru Outback, a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV). Subaru PZEV vehicles help their owners to contribute to the environment by emitting fewer pollutants to the atmosphere. California vehicle standards have led the way in requiring low emissions by vehicles. Of critical importance to State Parks is fuel efficiency of its vehicles in the future. In conjunction with the assessment program, Subaru held a number of special recreational events for the general public in Southern California park units.
In 1919, eighteen years before construction finished on the Golden Gate Bridge, Knudsen Creamery Co. opened its doors in Los Angeles. Knudsen products have been “Purely California” ever since and are made in the Golden State with milk from California cows. Tom Knudsen, in partnership with his brother Carl, began manufacturing and distributing dairy products from a two-story building on South Santee Street. Knudsen has a long heritage in California and their support for California State Parks is part of their continuing commitment to the Golden State. As a Proud Partner, Knudsen and Kraft Foods made a $100,000 cash donation to California State Parks, during the Summer of 2009, to support in-park projects and programs.
About Sprouts Farmers Market
Sprouts Farmers Market is one of the nation's fastest growing natural food retailers in California, Arizona, Colorado and Texas, specializing in farm fresh produce, purchased from local growers, when possible. Sprouts boasts high quality products and service at a great value while maintaining a fun and unique experience for their customers and employees. The company proudly supports local communities with product donations, sponsorships and educational events. In that spirit, Sprouts conducted in-store fundraisers with California State Parks staff during the month of April 2009, while offering a new and exciting series of educational opportunities to their customers. The fundraisers were designed to benefit a number of Southern California state parks and state beaches.
Sutter Health has provided funds to California State Parks for general program support at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park. Sutter Health believes in the well-being of people in the communities they serve through their commitment to compassion and excellence in health care services. They also continually create, seek out, and adopt new ways of providing value to their customers. Recognizing that the power of our combined efforts exceeds what we can accomplish individually, State Parks is proud to partner with Sutter Health to continue the outstanding cultural and historical activities at Sutter’s Fort.
About Loews Hotels
Loews Hotels has understood for nearly 60 years that with success comes responsibility to the community. They still believe that success is a result of strong relationships with partners that lead to empowered employees, satisfied customers and an improved community. Created in 1990 by Jonathan Tisch, Loews Hotels Chairman and CEO, the Loews Good Neighbor Policy is the company's formal commitment to a long-standing tradition of understanding their responsibility to the communities where they own and operate hotels. Loews Hotels addresses various issues of social concern and supports charities corporately. Each destination is required to conduct specific activities, like their California State Parks beach clean up program at Silver Strand State Beach and extensive recycling campaigns. Loews Hotels seek every reasonable opportunity to incorporate "green" standards and practices into all aspects of their business. They identify and mandate specific brand-wide practices that embrace their responsibility and make prudent investments in technologies and programs that will allow them to do good and do well at the same time.
Travelocity is one of the five largest travel agencies in the U.S. In an effort to support causes that transcend their daily business of helping people travel, Travelocity has launched a program called Travel For Good. The center post of Travel For Good is a program called Change Ambassadors that promotes "voluntourism" -- getting people to take trips during which they participate in a volunteer activity. Travel For Good addresses other causes, for example, providing customers the ability to purchase "carbon offsets" with their trip. 100% of this purchase goes to The Conservation Fund, which plants trees on protected lands that help absorb the carbon dioxide generated by a trip.
About Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders, who began play in the American Football League in 1960, enter their 48th season of professional football competition, including the last 37 as a member of the National Football League. The Raiders have a long history of community outreach and physical fitness promotion through programs such as Youth Skills Camp and NFL Flag. The team has partnered with California State Parks to cross-promote family fitness values. The goal of this program is to encourage families to visit state parks and connect with nature while having fun. The Oakland Raiders and California State Parks will participate in events throughout the state to promote outdoor recreation and physical fitness.
A partnership with California State Parks does indicate product endorsement.
A partnership with California State Parks does indicate product endorsement.